My thumb is up to the Sunday afternoon game between Carolina and Washington, because it happens to be the last exhibition game prior to Wednesdays start of the regular season. Lets face it, the real reason pre-season games are played is that they are money makers. The other stated reasons are concocted simply to avoid the real reason. Coaches dont need to look at their teams seven or eight times to determine who should earn roster spots; they just prefer to spend as much time as they can avoiding decisions. Players dont need games to skate themselves into shape. Fans dont need to watch meaningless games, and they certainly shouldnt want to pay for them. However necessary the NHL might suggest the warmup games are, theres no case to be made that their number cant be reduced. And when no exhibition games were played prior to the 2012-13 season, what was the harm? Eliminating exhibition games can be done because it has been done. So it should be done. My thumb is down to the Arizona Coyotes, for the simple reason that they are no longer the Phoenix Coyotes. Hockey announcers who aspire to the achievement of the perfect broadcast have no chance when they must refer to the Coyotes. This season, in the early part at least, the troubled team in the desert will inevitably be the Phoe-rizona Coyotes. Okay, theyre not actually located in Phoenix, and Glendale Coyotes doesnt work, so why not call them the Arizona Coyotes? Because theyve been the Phoenix Coyotes since they were no longer the Winnipeg Jets in 1996, and if they think any reference to Phoenix brings back bad memories of a franchise struggling to stay put, they should realize that any reference to Coyotes does that, too. Arizona Deficits, anyone? For me, theyll be the Phoenix Coyotes until theyre the Seattle Needles or the Quebec Nordiques. Id check with the owners to see if thats okay, but their names keep changing as well. William Carvalho Jersey
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. In an interview with La Presse this week, the five-time Stanley Cup champion and three-time NHL scoring leader specifically took aim at wingers Thomas Vanek and Max Pacioretty, saying they cant show up in a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final and come up empty in Game 6.Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Dear Kerry, I was watching the fourth goal for the Islanders in the game against the Leafs, it seemed the Leafs goalie Bernier had the puck covered and the referee blew the whistle raised his arms in the air to signal the play was dead and then moments later signaled good goal. On the overhead replay, you could see the puck cross the line before the whistle, however it seems to me that the referee thought the puck was covered and intended to blow the play dead as he blew the whistle before ever seeing the puck free. Would this fall under the intent to blow the play dead under Rule 31.2: "As there is a human factor involved in blowing the whistle to stop play, the Referee may deem the play to be stopped slightly prior to the whistle actually being blown. The fact that the puck may come loose or cross the goal line prior to the sound of the whistle has no bearing if the referee has ruled that the play had been stopped prior to this happening." Look forwards to hearing your take on the play. Jordan Anstey --- Hi Kerry, I have a question regarding the Leaf/Islanders game. The Islanders just tied the game 4-4 on a questionable goal, in my opinion. The puck was never frozen by Bernier, as it rolled across the goal line. The referee at the crease blew his whistle, waved it dead and then immediately pointed to the puck in the net. How on earth can you blow the play dead and then reverse it? That shouldnt have counted! Please correct me if I am wrong. Best Regards,Dale Jordan and Dale: Referee Denis LaRue did everything correctly from the moment he attacked the net with speed and eventually located the puck across the goal line the goal line behind Jonathan Bernier. Any evidence or question of the referees "intent to blow the whistle" would have resulted from the fact that he could not see the puck as he approached the net and therefore might have assumed it was frozen under Berniers equipment (puck out of sight). The referee demonstrated patience in not blowing the whistle pre-maturely as he continued on a path toward the goal crease in an effort to find the puck. OOnce referee LaRue got to the net he did in fact locate the puck across the goal line almost simultaneously with his decision to kill the play.dddddddddddd This visual picture was quickly processed and abruptly changed any thought he might have had that the puck was frozen. The puck in the net was now a reality for the referee. As such, Denis LaRues hands immediately went from the field goal position signaling "play is dead" to pointing into the net signaling that a legal goal had been scored! This visual evidence demonstrated and confirmed to the referee that the puck had entered the net prior to his whistle and any "intent" he might have had to blow the play dead. It is somewhat speculative to assume the puck is frozen just because you dont see it. Definitive evidence is presented whenever the referee sees the puck across the goal line. A legal goal must be based on that evidence. Far too many times I have seen referees misjudge plays in and around the goal crease when they remained stationary in the corner or kept an obstructed view without moving their feet. Had it not been for LaRues quick reaction this could have been just another one of those unfortunate times. On the play Travis Hamonics shot from the point was deflected by Carl Gunnarsson and picked up behind the goal line half way to the corner by Ryan Strome. This altered puck position forced the referee to retreat to the corner just ahead of the goal line. Strome then threw the puck to the front of the net and it was redirected by Anders Lee between Berniers pads. Rather than remain in the corner, Referee LaRue read the situation and reacted without hesitation by sprinting to the net on angle that allowed him to avoid Nazim Kadri and Ryan Strome. En route to the net the refs inability to immediately locate the puck, along with his instinct and experience might have caused him to think the puck was underneath Jonathan Bernier. LaRues patience with the whistle and his quick footed attack toward the net to locate the puck behind Bernier resulted in the correct call to allow the goal scored by Anders Lee to stand. In this situation the referee demonstrated a text book attack of the net in order to render the correct call. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys
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