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05-07-2009, 01:00 AM
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2009 NHL Playoffs - Second Round - Game Three
Washington Capitals (W) at Pittsburgh Penguins (P)
May 6th, 2009 - Versus Feed
Referees: Mike Leggo (3) and Dan O'Halloran (13)
20:00 - O'Halloran drops puck
18:87 - W8 goal off weird bounce on endboards (1-0 Caps)
17:40 - 13 a little slow backskating into the zone
15:30 - lots of picks, 30-40 interference being let go both ways
13:40 - Leggo a little slow on the backskate
10:53 - Leggo ignores 50 slash P on the hands of W, creates scoring chance
10:22 - O'Halloran calls 65 interference P65 on a moving pick play that knocks down the W forechecker - takes PP zone
7:51 - Leggo ignores 50 hook P87
7:13 - Leggo calls W92 20 interference. P? runs into him when W92 is in a stationary position on a cycle. Is it a pick? Eh, probably, but he also has a right to the ice if he gets there first, and he did. Leggo takes PP zone
6:55 - Leggo good ignore P flop on a clean hit by W23
6:03 - Leggo ignores same 20 interference pick he just called, this time by P87 on the PP
3:55 - O'Halloran ignores 50 hooks both ways
3:40 - O'Halloran good no call when W and P players grab each others sticks and act like they've been hooked
0:26 - O'Halloran calls 10 delay of game on W23 - W23 knocks net off, but was clearly shoved in the crease into crossbar. He didn't make a huge effort to stop, but I've honestly never seen this called where there is contact from the forward that pushed the defender into the net and there is at least a nominal effort to stop (which there was).
A lot of embellishing and fishing for calls, particularly by Pittsburgh. Both refs are well positioned, but the call level is not consistent for both teams, a trend that will continue and get worse throughout the game. Lots of hitting but few "big" hits that could get edgy. Not worried about the physical tone of the game at this point, and there's no need to be.
20:00 - Leggo drops puck, O'Halloran takes PP zone
15:26 - very good circle out of the play by O'Halloran, lots of stick-on-stick work that creeps up by the hands as no hooking or slashing is called
14:01 - O'Halloran good no call on scrum in front of the net where P forward and W defender are jousting
10:35 - O'Halloran ignores 75 trip P71, who sticks leg out and takes down pinching W defender, creates turnover which leads to a 2-on-1 and...
10:31 - P26 even strength goal (1-1 tie)
9:55 - Leggo calls 40 retaliatory slash on W52 - weak but on back of calf, not consistent with the slashing and hooks let go in this game so far, O'Halloran takes PP zone
7:02 - Leggo quick whistle after W91 goes down hard in obvious pain from a wrist/arm
6:13 - O'Halloran caught up in play on W wall, causes turnover to P
4:13 - Leggo ignores 40 hook W on P87
3:32 - weak icing by the linesman as P7 circles and dogs it back
0:43 - Leggo calls W40 50 slash after missing 40 high stick on P25 (P25 hits W40 in the back of the helmet with his stick as he is extracting himself from the net)
Refs continue to be in good position, but the call standard is very lopsided and heavily tilted in the Pens favor. There is a very different standard for the two teams, and in any standard, the trip by P71 has to be called not only because it was blatant, but because it created a quality scoring chance the other way.
20:00 - Leggo drops puck, O'Halloran takes PP zone
19:23 - O'Halloran good no call on P71 flop after a legal hit, looking to draw a trip
18:01 - Leggo ignores 60 hook P4 on boards
16:19 - Leggo ignores 70 interference on P44, hit guy who was heading to puck without either having played it, created turnover
15:35 - O'Halloran excellent position on scramble around the net
15:08 - O'Halloran calls 40 interference on W8, ignores 65 flop by P87 at the net, good angle to the play which is at the top of the crease. e has to get P87 on the embellishment if he's going to cal the interference. He takes PP zone
10:13 - both ignore 50 hook by P13 at neutral
8:41 - Leggo ignores 70 trip P58, causes turnover and scoring chance to go the other way
5:50 - both have 40 hook on A28 as P71 cuts in, O'Halloran takes PP zone
4:59 - P71 pp goal, O'Halloran in good position (2-1 Pens)
4:25 - O'Halloran ignores 50 interference W
2:34 - O'Halloran ignores 60 hook P71
2:28 - Leggo calls 65 interference P9 on moving pick play at offensive blue line
1:50 - W19 pp goal (2-2)
The Pens realize they can get away with murder and do until a moving pick call with three minutes left. The physicality stays down, which is good because with the lopsided call standard, this is a game that could have easily gotten dangerous. P87 and P71 are constantly looking for calls and whining and gesturing when they don't get them. Refs skating is much better than it was early in the game.
20:00 - Leggo drops puck
17:45 - 100 delay of game on W2 on puck over glass, O'Halloran takes PP zone
15:55 - O'Halloran ignores 70 goalie interference on P13 who goes sliding into W40 trying to dig for a puck on a scramble
15:43 - O'Halloran ignore 60 dive P71, 40 hook W? on pp, has none of P71's whining for a call
13:15 - Leggo hit by players in corner
11:52 - O'Halloran ignores 50 hook P11, stick is parallel and causes W player to fall with yank on boards
10:53 - P87 whines about nothing, wants a 10 hook called (which wouldn't have surprised me in this game)
10:11 - O'Halloran immediately signals puck off the glass when it goes out of play in W zone
8:32 - P58 even strength goal off face off, Leggo good position but slow signal (3-2 Pens)
One automatic call, Pens still searching for other calls. Missed GI bothered me, but it was clearer on replay than live. It was still a 70 live because it knocked W40 into his own net, and I would assume if there had been a goal, it would not have counted because O'Halloran assumed it was incidental contact in crease instead of intentional.
Completely different standards for the two teams, and the Pens took full advantage as the game went along. Unless there is an issue specific to this game, I would keep these guys away from this series and whichever team advances, and I would be very okay if both were made standbys from this point forward. This was the most lopsided standard difference I've seen this playoffs. Skating was decent, and it was safe enough because neither team was inclined to make it physical.
#3 Mike Leggo
- Skating: B-, Safety: A, Fairness: F, Call Quality: C-
Both refs stink in the fairness and call quality category because of the inability to apply a consistent call standard. Leggo was a slight more awkward skater but not too bad. Game was safe through no fault of his own.
#13 Dan O'Halloran
- Skating: B, Safety: A, Fairness: F, Call Quality: C-
Both refs stink in the fairness and call quality category because of the inability to apply a consistent call standard. O'Halloran struggled early and picked it up as the game went along in the skating category. Game was safe through no fault of his own.
Match Majors: 0
Match Minors: 0
Phantoms: 0 - several weak but there was at least something on every call even if I completely disagreed with the interpretation.
Home PPs: 7
Road PPs: 2
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