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No suspension for Malkin after verbally abusing official

Jan 24, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin won’t face any additional discipline for getting in the face of officials after a 5-2 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night.

Rob Rossi of the Tribune-Review reports Malkin has escaped suspension after receiving a game misconduct for verbal abuse of an official, called after the final horn blew.

Malkin was furious with a series of calls from the crew of referees Ghislain Hebert and Kelly Sutherland, and linesmen David Brisebois and Shane Heyer.

Pittsburgh was whistled for 10 penalties, including a stretch in the second period where the Pens were dinged four times in the first 12 minutes.

“I‘m really mad at a couple [of] calls,” Malkin said on Thursday. “But…I lose control. It was bad emotion. It was my fault.”

Pens captain Sidney Crosby also got in on the critique, earning himself an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with two minutes left in the game. Toronto scored on the ensuring power play.

It’s not overly surprising that Hebert was at the center of an officiating controversy, given his history:

Last December, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville called Hebert’s work in a game vs. LA “tough to watch.”

In February, interim Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth said Hebert missing a hooking call on Erik Cole was “a little beyond comprehension for me.”

Hebert was one of the referees working the infamous Bruins-Sabres game when Milan Lucic ran over Ryan Miller.


— Malkin also got dinged for an abuse of officials misconduct while playing in the KHL during the lockout.

— No word yet if a fine will be levied against Malkin. Last season, NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan seemed to hand out fines for comments made after (or, before) games, rather than in the heat of the moment.

Also, almost all the fines for criticizing officials were levied against coaches.

  1. jaredphi - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Ghislain Hebert

    ^He is a total d-bag.

    I recall a game in Philly a year or so ago where he made a totally incorrect and crummy call against Philadelphia. Can’t recall the exact details, but it angered me enough to motivate me to find out that he was the ref who made the sh!tty call.

    As soon as I started reading this article, I instantly recognized his name.

    Seems like he should be drummed out of his ref job as Chicago, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Montreal have also had issues and complaints with him.

    Seems like a trend to me.

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Looks like Hebert has 86 NHL games and 0 playoff games under his belt:

      Given the league a. cannot just up and fire these guys and b. chooses the officials it is happiest with (ie. the veterans and the guys without embarrassing incidents to their names) for the playoffs it will be interesting to see how long it takes him to get into the postseason – if he ever does.

      Stephane Auger – of the infamous Burrows incident – had 739 regular season games and just 10 playoff games when he retired. Seems like he got the message, eventually.

      • mp1131211 - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        That means nothing. He’s new and even Devorsky has only put up 11% playoff to reg. season officiating.

        And Jaredphi: So this guy made a bad call a few years ago against your team, and now he’s obviously the worst. I don’t think so.

        The officiating wasn’t that bad. Malkin and Crosby complain about EVERYTHING. All the time. Crosby will literally stop mid stride and let the puck get turned over just so he can get a complaint in to the ref. Malkin is slightly less whiney, but he’s still up there in rank with most spoiled 8 year olds.

    • thetruth234567 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      HA! told all u pens fans its all about the owners making their money. read the COUPLE BOOKS ON THE DIRTY REFS IN THE NBA. you guys are 2-0 and ran into a candien team! which is struggling to even matter in this league! any ref on the planet could make those call correctly but it is bad business. and it was your turn to get screwed! just like the flyers earlier this week, the economy is costing the owners their money. its in every major sport in the usa, starting with the nba, who grew when they started reffing games to keep the games close with bs fouls and like a pens fan sd, non calls too. european soccer has blown the whistle on dirty officiating, even the international cycling federation with Lance Armstrong! even the US government turned a blind eye to it! anything that messes with the money will be ignored.

      • habsfaninnb - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        thetruth234567, the 2010/11 playoffs was a joke, boston won the cup with the help of BUTTHEAD/CAMPBELL/REFS the calls were so inconsistent it was so lopsided favor for the bruins. Again last season calls were so infavour of L.A.

    • thetruth234567 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      some of the officials are better at RUNNING THE GAME,

      • thetruth234567 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        not officiating it with honesty, but with BUSINESS IN MIND, blow outs, teams running away with the division, and just boring defensive battles is bad for tv revenue! which hurts the already hurt owners pockets, who honestly are trying to keep this game afloat! so if u love hockey keep watching but DEMAND HONEST OFFICIATING!

    • nyrfan - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      You want a man fired from his job because of a bad call or 4! You think this ref should lose his livelihood, and fail to put food on his families table or put a roof over their head! I hope your faced with that situation some day. Where your customers want your job over a decision you made. I bet you would tell them all to go F#*k themselves. It’s a game and when we have humans governing these games, there’s bound to be mistakes. You Philly fans boo Santa.

      • jaredphi - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        Sounds like you have some sand in your vagina after losing to my team last night.

        No need to be a sore loser, pal!

        Don’t worry though, buddy, I have no intention of taking YOUR job, so you can refrain from any “THEY TOOK MAH JERB!” calls from the peanut gallery.

  2. miketoasty - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Obviously it wasn’t the officiating that lost the Pens the game (I’ll leave the Flyers fans to whine about that) but a lot of those calls were a little overboard. Being at the game made it worse, and being that it was a home opener made it that much worse.

    Would like to see better officiating but what I would like to see even more, is a more consistent hockey team take the ice.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Of those 10 penalties 8 were minors. The too many men and Crosby’s unsportsmanlike aren’t debatable. Neither are the boarding ones or Cooke’s slash. I get that this ref isn’t any good but in this case the Pens have zero reasons to be mad at him and every reason to be mad at themselves.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Loving all the thumbs down. I guess Pens fans are used to seeing their team board guys and the like with impunity.

      • killerpgh - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        I don’t think it was so much the call against them as it was the non calls for them. Early in the game Malkin had 2 obvious missed calls happen to him. One he had his stick held in front of the net (which I’m cool with if they are letting each team play) and the other was a little later when Malkin got bear hugged and thrown to the ice while trying to get position in front of the net. That one should be called 100% of the time. Another missed obvious call was in the 3rd when Sutter is skating the the puck out of his zone and gets tripped leading to a scoring chance the other way. That call has to be made. And another was during the 1st 5 on 3 while the Leafs were cycling the puck and Sutter tries to move to the top of the triangle but the leafs player leaves his path to “pick” Sutter and prevents him for getting there. That’s interference all day long and usually when a team gets a 5 on 3 if they sneeze funny the get called. But this was a obvious pick play that lead to a wide open shot for the top of the circles. Both Crosby and Malkin handled the situation piss poorly and probably hurt their chances of getting the call down the road. Let the coach lay into the refs if it needs to be done.

      • pens5829 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        Did you actually watch the game? Do you even know what boarding is? If you think those were all legit boarding calls, then maybe you should tune into NBC’s weekend of Ice Capades.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:12 AM

        The last one was borderline, I’ll give you that. But I know more about all things hockey than you and most of these bandwagon know-nothings on this board that call themselves Pens fans ever will.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:14 AM

        Cue the thumbs down.

  3. capsfan19 - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    So wheres all the haters slamming malkin? Everyone loses their stools after ribeiro got upset at the refs?
    If anything was slapped on any pens player pierre mcguirre would cry like a baby.

  4. Stiller43 - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Does the ref know russian?

    I’m surprised Malkin knows enough english to verbally abuse someone in it.

    …actually, curse words are usually the first things people learn, so nevermind.

    But that is pretty telling when most of the league, or at least a lot of it, hates the guy. That’s of course not to say that Malkin was right to be verbally abusive.

  5. hockeyfootball98 - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Malkin….ugliest man alive.

    • crosberries - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      ^^^second post: uhhh I wish football wasn’t over so I could watch some real hunks in tight pants…(malkins rich and extremely gifted I’m sure he does fine with the ladies so I don’t know why you care what he looks like)

    • handsofsweed - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Wait, when did Terrell Suggs die?????

  6. franchisethighs - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Still on pace for 47-1 and to win another Crosby cup. SCA

  7. wicky888 - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    That’s because Malkin and Crosby are used to having all the calls go their way …… Guess this ref didn’t get the memo

  8. sjsharks66 - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    @wicky if you actually watched the game, Crosby and Malkin were not getting bad calls. Instead the entire team were taking a fair share of bad calls. Toronto also took some bad ones as well. That game was a complete train wreck.

    • wicky888 - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      When I said “Malkin and Crosby”, I meant “the Penguins in general”. Next time I’ll be more clear.

      Side note: Your user name clearly implies you are a Sharks fan, yet you always troll all the Penguins threads. If you are a closet Pens fan, it’s about time to come out of the closet …. for the second time.

  9. broadstbully33 - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Stay classy

  10. steelers88 - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    The refs were pretty bad last night but that doesn’t exactly mean the Pens lost because of the bad officiating the Leafs were the better team last night. The Leafs were only 1/8 on the power play.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:53 PM


    • melonheadsdaddy - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Obviously this was posted on the wrong thread. It seems you might have the only logical thoughts in Pittsburgh as it pertains to the penguins.

  11. govtminion - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Cue the usual Penguins fans complaining about something or other and the Flyers fans trying to claim this proves how awful the Penguins are, or whatever the trolls here like to spar about.

  12. steelers88 - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    The Penguins have to play through the bad.calls.

  13. broadstbully33 - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM


  14. hy3rid28 - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    no surprise here since shrek and crosb*tch get to play by different rules

    • wicky888 - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      lol Shrek, nice

  15. mafmvp - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    First off, Malkin might be the 2nd best looking player in the NHL, behind SCSid and his luscious lips. These refs were awful to both teams. Joe Vitalle almost soiled himself laughing at the penalty he bought from these hack refs. Still wont slow down the SCA

  16. sjsharks66 - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    @wicky you probably should be more specific. I was not aware that the penguins were only made of 2 people. Sorry, my bad dude.

    No secret about my liking of the pens. Not hiding anything, i enjoy watching the pens and following the team. There’s nothing wrong with that. :)

    • wicky888 - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      Instead of typing “@wicky”, you can just click on that big gray button that says “reply” on it. Its below the comment and the pair of thumbs.

      Was that specific enough for you? (Hit “Post comment” when you’re done)

  17. mafmvp - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Listen pal, Sid n Geno don’t complain, they just demand excellence. When you become great at something maybe you will understand. The NHL should issue a formal apology to these 2 superstars and thank them for pointing out these hack officials.

  18. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    “Bad emotion. Malkin angry. Malkin crush.”

  19. csilojohnson - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Good. The officiating in that game was horrendous. The refs should be suspended without pay.
    The Pens lose that game without the bad calls. They just weren’t on thier game last night. I saw them lose it right after that long stretch of penalties. Still does not make the poor officiating acceptable.
    Please do not turn into the NFL.
    Two athletic soap operas (WWE,NFL) is more then enough.

  20. csilojohnson - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    hockeyfootball98, Google ‘Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens’.
    No competition. Plus he is even worse of a person. That could be the roids though.

  21. csilojohnson - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    If you read all the responses here. There are more NON Penguins fans complaining about Penguins fans complaining, then actual Penguins fan complaining.. Follow?
    Haters gonna hate.

  22. phillyphannn83 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    wicky888 January 24, 2013, 7:30 PM EST

    Instead of typing “@wicky”, you can just click on that big gray button that says “reply” on it. Its below the comment and the pair of thumbs.

    Was that specific enough for you? (Hit “Post comment” when you’re done)

    While you’re here trying to make other people look incompetent, you failed to realize that many of us use the NBC SportsTalk app and there is no reply button nor are there any thumbs up or down on the app. Next time educate yourself before talking sh¡t. It would be nice if they would make the app more like the website it terms of being able to reply to a specific comment though.

  23. jl9830 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Of course not. He also wasn’t penalized a few years ago in the Cup finals, when the rules clearly state that an instigator penalty in the last 5 minutes equals an automatic 1-game suspension. We all know the NHL considers your star power when looking at discipline.

  24. steelers88 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Penguins two wins over the weekend- New “Hockey Mecca”, one loss- Trade Everyone.

  25. ironman721 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Officiating in all the major sports have been awful lately. Refs have been inserting themselves across sports trying justify their jobs and make names for themselves. League commissioners should spend less time punishing players and more time holding the officiating accountable!

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