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Another Ref Called Out By Vancouver

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Move over, Stephane Auger, you’ve got company in the Vancouver Canucks’ refereeing doghouse.

Alain Vigneault met with reporters before Thursday night’s game in Dallas to provide an update on injured forward Daniel Sedin. And without actually naming referee Dan O’Halloran, the Canuck coach clearly indicated he wasn’t happy with the official’s work.

“We got a big two-minute power play off that hit from the same referee — remember last year when Daniel got punched six times in the face in the Boston series?” Vigneault said. “I seem to remember it was the same guy.”

That guy was O’Halloran, who made no call when Boston forward Brad Marchand used Daniel’s head as a punching bag in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final. On Wednesday night, O’Halloran gave Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith an elbowing minor for his hit to the head on Daniel in the first period of Vancouver’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Blackhawks at the United Center.


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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Players comments exonerating a dirty hit are not relevant.

So are you saying Kesler would rather be a coward than a whiner?

The Voracek reference is meant to be an example of a clean hit that includes incidental contact to the head

Except the wording of the rule doesn’t talk about what’s incidental, it talks about what’s avoidable. Kronwall would not have hit the head if the situation hadn’t changed immediately prior to impact whereas Sedin would not have made contact with Keith’s head had he not raised his shoulder at the last second.  The difference is that Voracek made head contact unavoidable where Keith did not.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/23/12 at 08:04 PM ET


5 games, I was right, going to VEGAS BABY!!!!

Posted by pstumba on 03/23/12 at 08:12 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Fair enough J.J., but looks like you are reading it closer than Shanahan.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/23/12 at 08:33 PM ET

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