Mar 16 - 2024

Torts Goes Tilt and Overtime Shenanigans

Scouting The Refs

About the Episode

Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella gets ejected by referee Wes McCauley, then refuses to leave, resulting in a two-game suspension along with a $50,000 fine. New York Rangers’ Matt Rempe gets a major, a game, and a four-game suspension for elbowing New Jersey Devils’ Jonas Siegenthaler, while Ottawa Senators’ Parker Kelly sits for two. Referee Gord Dwyer derails a potential goalie fight between the the Anaheim Ducks’ John Gibson and Petr Mrazek of the Chicago Blackhawks. Player Safety issues fines to the Boston Bruins’ Charlie Coyle and Toronto Maple Leafs’ Jake McCabe for separate cross-checking incidents.  

Overtime shenanigans ensue after the Buffalo Sabres’ game-winning goal is reviewed – and disallowed – for an offside, well after the Sabres and Edmonton Oilers have both left the ice. The Minnesota Wild pull the goalie in overtime against the Nashville Predators, nearly invoking a little-known rule that even the players on the ice weren’t aware of.

Also, a pair of officials get mic’d up as linesman James Tobias confesses to some foot-speed challenges while referee Kyle Rehman chooses politeness. 

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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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