Topic: Bortles is progressing a little bit faster than we thought

Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at cmonref@tsn. [url=]Cheap Braves Jerseys[/url] .ca. Hi Kerry, In Tuesday nights game between the Canadiens and Predators a high sticking call against the Habs was made and then reversed at around the 10 minute mark of the second when Olli Jokinen was hit by the puck and not Lars Ellers or Christian Thomass stick. The call was only changed after the replay was shown in the Bell Centre and the bench and the crowd voiced their obvious displeasure. Is there any chance that the replay, which I think would have been visible to the refs on the ice, coupled with the crowds reaction could have influenced the referees decision? Thanks, Rob Elbaz Rob: Lets be perfectly candid Rob, there likely isnt an official alive (or any other human being for that matter) who wouldnt take the opportunity to discreetly sneak a peek at the in-house video screen in an effort to gather concrete information on a play. This would be especially true when the crowd erupted once the replay became visible to them. While that may or may not have been the case on this play, there is a policy and procedure in place that was followed to the letter by the game officials on Tuesday night in the Bell Centre that reversed an incorrect double-minor high-sticking penalty that was about to be assessed to Lars Eller. The policy was enacted when, in previous seasons, double-minor high-sticking penalties were assessed only to have replays confirm that a player was either cut by his own stick or by the puck. Subsequently, Hockey Operations and the Officiating Department instituted a policy for the officials to conference if at least one of them could provide contrary information as to the accuracy of the play gained from their unique perspective. We have also seen this procedure utilized when a goal has been allowed or disallowed and the presence of goalie interference is in question. A conference of the officiating crew is often held to accurately determine if a defending player is guilty of shooting the puck over the glass from within his defensive end that would result in a delay of game penalty. In Montreal, the procedure worked perfectly to reverse the initial incorrect call. Crowd reaction to a replay might have certainly been an indicator that a conference of officials was required but the best sightline on this play was gained by linesman Don Henderson from his position on the blue line directly across the ice from the incident. Since the play and puck was close to his line, Henderson was dialed in and able to provide his accurate perspective of the play. Even though sticks from Eller and Thomas were flailing about, Linesman Henderson could confirm to Referee Marc Joannette that the puck had struck Olli Jokinen in the face and not the stick of either Habs player. Since the other referee, rookie Jon McIssac was positioned in close proximity behind the play, he did not raise his arm to call a penalty and most likely shared Hendersons perspective on the play as well. Kudos to this crew of officials for getting the call correctly reversed. The consequences of a double-minor penalty could be a game changer. If the procedure that is in place had failed to reverse this call it might yet be another case for instituting a coachs challenge. Enjoy the All-Star Weekend coverage from Columbus. Cmon Ref is taking an All-Star break as well and will return next Wednesday. [url=]Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic[/url] .J. -- All those records, all for naught. [url=]Cheap Braves Jerseys Authentic[/url] .ca look back at each of the Top 10 stories of 2013. Today, we look back at LeBron James and the Miami Heat winning their second straight NBA championship. [url=][/url] . - Loosening up for their first training camp practice, the Miami Dolphins high-stepped sideways up and down the field while House of Pains song

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