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Your Boston-Washington Game 7 officials are…

Apr 25, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

Stephen Walkom

The referees for tonight’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal Game 7 between Boston and Washington are Stephen Walkom (#24) and Eric Furlatt (#27).

Working the lines will be Greg Devorski (#54) and Steve Barton (#59).


— Walkom’s one of the league’s most veteran officials. He formerly served as the NHL’s vice president and director of officiating before coming out of retirement in 2009. He’s since worked the 2010 and 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

— Along with Dan O’Halloran, Walkom called the somewhat-famous “infraction free” Game 7 between Boston and Tampa Bay in last year’s Eastern Conference finals.

From Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe:

This was not just a game of clean, breathtaking, exquisite hockey. It was a game of clean, breathtaking, exquisite, and penalty-free hockey.

That’s correct. Neither referee Dan O’Halloran nor referee Stephen Walkom saw the need to raise his right hand to signify an infraction. That’s because no player wished to be the guy whose borderline tripping, slashing, boarding, interference, holding the stick, or any other kind of penalty would lead to a damaging power play. If this meant there was less hitting than one might expect, so be it.

Roughing? Are you mad? Not in this game.

“It was a credit to both teams’ discipline and attention to detail,’’ Boucher said.

“I think the referees tonight let the two teams decide the outcome,’’ declared Bruins mentor Claude Julien. “I thought the referees handled themselves extremely well.’’

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first penalty-free playoff game in the last 20 years.

— Walkom’s come under fire this postseason for his involvement in two controversial incidents. The first was the Matt CarknerBrian Boyle “fight” during Game 2 of Ottawa-New York, the second was not calling a penalty on Raffi Torres for the Marian Hossa hit.

(Note: Walkom worked both those games with fellow referee Ian Walsh.)

— Furlatt’s claim to fame this postseason was working the contentious Game 3 between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. You know, the game that featured 24 minor penalties, six fighting majors, four 10-minute misconducts, three game misconducts and a match penalty.

(For more, read this piece in Sportsnet Magazine from Gare Joyce.)

— Devorski and Barton were the linesmen for Boston’s 4-3 overtime win in Game 6.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    No one throws out more centermen than 54 and 59

  2. chiadam - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    This means there is a 50/50 chance that someone will take off his skate, stab another player, and the paramedics will get thrown in the penalty box. So much for holding Walkom accountable. But hey, not like a hit that resulted in a 25-game suspension should draw a whistle.

  3. ryanlarimore - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    This is a shame.

  4. tonyromoisterrible - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    A nice dive in game 7 for Brad too. Lucic needs to get his head knocked off. What happened to the interference call on that one referee? Hey ref, bend over and look out your good eye. The refs and the NHL want boston to win this game, but the CAPS won’t let this happen. F-boston

  5. arbruins - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Poor tony…this happens in all of the games for every team. How long have you been watching this game?

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