Saturday, November 18, 2017

Today In NHL History - Brad May's Disallowed Goal

On November 18th in 2009, Detroit Red Wings bruiser Brad May scored what would have been the lone goal of his final NHL season and last of his career. Unfortunately, it was wrongfully disallowed by referees Dennis LaRue and Stephane Augier.

Relying on Rule 31.2, LaRue exacerbated his oversight claiming he intended to blow the whistle prior to the puck entering the net, thus removing the play from the purview of Mike Murphy's video replay review. The absurdity of an official contemplating killing play during a shot on net highlights the ongoing failure of NHL officiating to effectively utilize its on and off ice resources to make the correct call.

May's marker would have tied the game with 14 minutes to play. Instead, the Dallas Stars kept their 2-1 lead and added another to win 3-1.

That's today in NHL history.

Today In NHL History - Clark Shoots Through Net

On November 18th in 2010, Tampa Bay Lightning blueliner Brett Clark fired a slapshot past Philadelphia Flyers netminder Sergei Bobrovsky and through the back of net, narrowing the Flyers lead to 5-4 in a wild first period of play.

Better known for blocking shots than scoring goals, the blast marked Brett's first time scoring in consecutive regular season starts. Tampa Bay came back to beat Philadelphia that night by a score of 8-7.

That's today in NHL history.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Today In NHL History - Jaroslav Halak's Own Goal

On November 17th in 2010, St. Louis Blues backstop Jaroslav Halak botched a routine paddle play spotting his Central Division rival Detroit Red Wings an early 1-0 lead on the own goal eight minutes into the opening frame.

The Slovak sensation's Steve Smith was credited to Detroit's Drew Miller, his first score of the season. The Winged Wheel added four unanswered markers in the final eight minutes of the match to beat the Blues 7-3.

That's today in NHL history.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Today In NHL History - Patrick Roy Dekes Gretzky

On November 16th in 1997, trailing by three goals with 3:30 remaining in the third period of a matinee at MSGColorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy elected to skate the puck up the ice stickhandling past Wayne Gretzky before crossing center ice where #33 was whistled by referee Paul Devorski.The unorthodox adventure greatly amused MSG color commentator and former netminder John Davidson, however, Rule 27.7 prohibits such sojourns and Roy was assessed a minor penalty for participating "in the play in any manner (intentionally plays the puck or checks an opponent) when he is beyond the center red line" .

The New York Rangers beat the Avalanche that afternoon 4-1.  Both Saint Patrick and the Great One were held pointless in the affair.

That's today in NHL history.

Today In NHL History - First European Referee

On November 16th in 2010, Marcus Vinnerborg became the first European born referee to officiate a NHL game. The milestone was made in the Lone Star State during a midweek Pacific Division matchup between the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars. Find full video highlights here.

Director of Officiating Terry Gregson elected to add the overseas outsider to the NHL's zeal of zebra six months earlier owing to his puck-umpiring prowess in Sweden's Elitserien and other top-tier tournaments.

In his inaugural NHL outing, the 37 year old Swede whistled 13 minor and 4 major penalties skating alongside veteran Paul Devorski. He even employed video replay, awarding Brad Richards a third period goal to the rousing approval of the American Airlines Center congregation.

Dallas beat the Anaheim Ducks that night by a score of 2-1.

That's today in NHL history.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Today In NHL History - Hextall Fights Felix Potvin

On November 10th in 1996, Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers skated the length of the ice to engage netminder Felix Potvin when a melee broke out at the end of a match against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hextall was met with a willing and able opponent who quickly bloodied the Flyer backstop with a serious of blows to the left eye. Not surprisingly, the Philadelphia feed (below) hailed Hextall's win while Toronto commentators (further below) praised Potvin's performance.

The highlights clearly show the damage inflicted by Potvin on the NHL's single-season penalty minute record holder for goalies, a fact Toronto enforcer Tie Domi was happy to share with Hextall from the bench.

Philadelphia beat Toronto that night by a score of 3-1.

That's today in NHL history.