Apr 5 - 2024

Communication Breakdown

Scouting The Refs

About the Episode

We’ve got a communication breakdown in Montreal as a Canadiens goal against the Florida Panthers is confirmed – then overturned due to a miscommunication between the Situation Room and the on-ice officials. (At least they got the call right!)

Player Safety had a busy week, with Minnesota Wild’s Hartman suspended for throwing a stick at a referee, Montreal Canadiens’ Guhle suspended for slashing from the bench, Anaheim Ducks’ Strome fined for cross-checking, and Philadelphia Flyers’ Hathaway fined for diving/embellishment. While both players were ejected from their respective games, no supplemental discipline for a spear from Vegas Golden Knights’ Eichel or boarding by Canucks’ Zadorov.

You get a misconduct! You get a misconduct! Misconduct penalties to every skater on the ice at Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres. We also saw eight players ejected just two seconds into New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers, thanks to Rule 46.7.

Linesman Ryan Galloway works his final NHL game, while referee Chris Lee lays out Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras with a solid check along the boards. Also, over in the OHL, they’re giving referees the final call on video reviews for the playoffs.

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Questions? Comments? Just looking to vent? Call the RefLine and leave us a message at 585-484-REFS! #RefsPodcast

The Scouting The Refs Podcast is a weekly look at the world of officiating and player safety within the National Hockey League, AHL, ECHL, and other leagues around the world. We’ll break down the calls and the rules behind them to help understand why a penalty or suspension was – or wasn’t – handed out. Todd Lewis is a veteran broadcaster covering the NHL and other major league sports. Lewis is a former host on the NHL Network and on NHL Network Radio. He’s also worked for TSN, Sportsnet as a host/anchor and is a producer of other programs. Josh Smith is the founder of Scouting the Refs, the leading independent site related to hockey officiating which follows hockey officials across the NHL, AHL, ECHL, and other leagues around the world, including news, rule changes and interpretations, suspensions, and statistics on officials and penalty calls. 

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