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Devante Smith-Pelly was the recipient last night and did return to the game while Rome also received a game misconduct.
CBC’s John F. Molinaro talks to former NHL official Dan Marouelli, a veteran of four Stanley Cup Finals.
CBCSports.ca: Will the NHL talk to the officials before the game tonight?
Marouelli: Absolutely. Terry Gregson [the NHL’s director of officiating] and Kris King [series supervisor] will sit down with them for sure. The big message Terry and Kris will send to them is that the precedent has been set. There’s been a lack of discipline. It was a very aggressive hockey game last time. I would be looking to have them set the tone early in this hockey game. But they will also tell them not to overreact, and therein lies the fine line. Gregson and King will inform both coaches and both GMs of the direction the officials will go if things start to go south tonight.
CBCSports.ca: How do officials tread that fine line?
Marouelli: You need to establish your presence early, and normally that’s through some form of verbal communication with the coaches or role players who are out on the ice. Any time when I was involved in games like this, I was quick to verbalize to the bench and to any players that needed to be cautioned, and then make sure you follow through quickly when something happens.
and much more on the Rome/Horton situation, and other officiating issues
Is trading Aaron Rome for Nathan Horton a trade you would make?
Didn’t think so. But we’re not the the Vancouver Canucks, who will gladly lose the journeyman defenseman for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final, knowing the Boston Bruins will be without Nathan Horton, one of their top-six forwards, for the remainder of the series thanks to Rome’s crushing, late hit in Game 3.
Listening to each team is useless in this instance. The Bruins have been robbed of one of their top players, so they aren’t in a forgiving mood. The Canucks are singing that ‘Gee, Aaron’s a great guy, not a dirty player” dirge.
That drops the problem into the lap of the NHL’s Hockey Operations department, which is stuck in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. Rome was tossed from the game on the hit, considered late by just about everyone not wearing a Canucks sweater. But if the punishment is to fit the crime, shouldn’t the Canucks lose a player akin to Horton’s value for the remainder of the Final. Can anyone say the Canucks aren’t benefiting in this “trade”?
Q. Mike, can you walk us through the hit, the way you viewed it when you slowed it down and watched it in real-time. Do you think it was blindside or not?
MIKE MURPHY: I probably viewed it like most of you did. I thought it was a late hit. I thought that the body was contacted. But I also thought that the head was hit.
It caused a serious injury to Nathan Horton. So the key components are: the late hit, which I had it close to a second late. We have our own formula at NHL Hockey Operations for determining late hits, and it was late. We saw the seriousness of the injury with Nathan on the ice last night.
That’s basically what we deliberated on. We tried to compare it with some of the other ones in the past. But it stands alone. It’s why we made the ruling.
Q. Can you share what your conversation with Aaron was like? Did he have an explanation for how he viewed it, what he was thinking?
via Dan Murphy tweet,
NHL suspends Canucks Aaron Rome 4 games for hit on Nathan Horton in game 3 of Stanley Cup Final.
BOSTON (June 7, 2011)— Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome has been suspended for four games for delivering a late hit to Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final, the National Hockey League announced today.
“Two factors were considered in reaching this decision,” said NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy. “The hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton had released the puck and it caused a significant injury.”
Rome was assessed a five-minute major penalty for interference and game misconduct at 5:07 of the first period.
Rome will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final series. In the event that the Final ends before Game 7, the suspension will carry over to the start of the 2011-12 regular season.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Rome will burn. Or at the very least, he will be singed by the NHL justice system, such as it is.
In a season when no single issue has dominated the NHL’s agenda like head shots and in a season when commissioner Gary Bettman took the unprecedented step of unveiling a new player safety department on the eve of the Stanley Cup final, how else can the NHL respond but to throw the book at Vancouver Canucks defenceman Aaron Rome for his vicious and late hit that levelled Nathan Horton of the Boston Bruins on Monday night in Game 3 here?
The concussive force of the blow to Horton’s head left him sprawled on the ice, dazed, his eyes glazed, unmoving. As silence settled over TD Garden, the outcome of the Bruins’ biggest game of the season – the third of the 2011 Stanley Cup final – was suddenly a lesser consideration, secondary to the health of their teammate.
Rome did get five for interference and a game, Horton appeared to be talking and have movement in his arms as he was taken off on a stretcher.
added 8:55pm, VERSUS view of the hit below…
A version lasting over 3 minutes from HockeyFights.com has replaced the original VERSUS video. This one with multiple replays, etc…
added 11:54pm, via Nick Kypreos tweet,
Told that #Canucks Aaron Rome has scheduled discipline hearing with #NHL Tuesday 11 am regarding late hit on #Bruins Nathan Horton.
If you can’t take the
(sight, duh) of blood, don’t watch.