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Your Boston-Toronto Game 7 officials are…

May 13, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

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The referees for tonight’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal Game 7 between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs will be Brad Watson (#23) and Dan O’Halloran (#13).

Working the lines will be “Sugar” Shane Heyer (#55) and “Bad” Brad Kovachik (#71).

Watson most recently worked Game 6 of the Rangers-Capitals series — you know, the one where Washington didn’t get a single power play (New York had five), leading to this — but has yet to work a Bruins-Leafs game this postseason.

O’Halloran, meanwhile, called Game 5 of the Boston-Toronto series — along with Paul Devorski — a relatively tame affair with just 10 penalty minutes all told.


— O’Halloran and Watson are two of the NHL’s most experienced officials. O’Halloran has been calling games since 1992 (1993 for Watson) and the pair have combined to call over 250 postseason contests.

— O’Halloran and Watson were also two of the four referees selected to work the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.

— Heyer was at the center of “faceoff-gate,” accused by Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle of allowing the Bruins to cheat at faceoffs in Game 3. (Also, for repeatedly tossing Tyler Bozak out of draws.)

From the Toronto Sun:

Carlyle pulled aside linesman Shane Heyer before the third period started in Game 3 on Monday night for an explanation.

“There were some things that were going on out there that we don’t agree with,” Carlyle said before Julien talked to reporters. “Faceoffs are always a big part of any hockey game, and specifically when you are at home, you think that you would be afforded some of the staples of the opposition having to be down first.

“(Heyer) stated it supposed to be visitor down, home down, puck down and that clearly was not happening as per video. We will visit with them and talk about it. It is nothing dramatic, it is a small part of the game, but it can be a large part.”

— Here’s a piece from the Niagara Falls Review on Kovachik (a Fort Erie native) talking about his prep for Game 7.

  1. mclovinhockey - May 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Sugar Bad? The refs sound like an 80’s cop show.

    One is sweet, the other mean… Both are here to mess up your day!!!
    Sugar Bad!!

  2. letsgopens8771 - May 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Hate O’Halloran

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 13, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Face offs are a HUGE part of the game. Imagine winning every D and O zone face off. Now with that you can control the flow of the game. It’s all about puck position/management.

    • imleftcoast - May 13, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Breaking a guy’s nose with your elbow, is not a penalty. A guy stepping on your stick and tripping with 1:52 left in the period and down 2-1 is a penalty. Can we just be consistent on that standard in the third period? I guessing it’s O’Halloran who is on the mob payroll.

      • imleftcoast - May 13, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        Lucic hit on Gunarson was a worse hit than the boarding call on Daniel Sedin hit in OT in Game 4.

  4. imleftcoast - May 13, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    The Bruins are so good they are about to choke, what? Losers.

    • ras1tafari - May 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Who choked?

      Sorry I can’t hear you with Boston’s Dong in your throat

    • drewzducks - May 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      You are clearly an expert on choking losers. Pathetic, but not sad.

  5. modellforprez - May 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Too bad Jarome Iginla didnt choose the B’s ahahahahahahaha

    • imleftcoast - May 13, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Good choice.

    • drewzducks - May 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM


  6. imleftcoast - May 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    A lot turtling, dives and lame half-passes.

  7. imleftcoast - May 13, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    How’s that Kessel for Seguin trade going Beantown?

    • ras1tafari - May 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Drive over to the golf course tomorrow and ask Kessel. CHOKERS!

      • drewzducks - May 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        imburnttoast is pathetic rambling fool. What a MORON. Too funny.

  8. imleftcoast - May 13, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    It’s not over until the fat boy cries.

    • drewzducks - May 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Not that we needed further proof but your premature rantings have seemed to come back and bite you in the ass. Though premature is probably your middle name. Guessing you’re a loser Cannot fan. Too funny.

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