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Your Washington-New York Game 7 officials are…

May 13, 2013, 3:02 PM EST

Dan ORourke

The referees for tonight’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal Game 7 between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers will be Dan O’Rourke (#9) and Chris Rooney (#5).

Working the lines will be “Life Of” Brian Murphy (#93) and “Mean” Jean Morin (#97).

Interesting storyline here — this is almost the identical crew that worked last year’s Caps-Rangers Game 7.

Rooney, O’Rourke and Murphy all return, with the lone exception being Morin, who replaces Jonny “What happened to the H?” Murray.

The Rangers won last year’s Game 7 by a 2-1 scoreline, a tightly-contested affair that featured just three penalty calls (two on Washington, one on New York.)

Rooney and O’Rourke are extremely familiar with these two teams.

In addition to working last year’s Game 7, the pair also called the triple-OT Game 3, which New York won 2-1.

That game was over 100 minutes long but had just 14 PIM.

Notes

– Last year, Rooney and O’Rourke also called Game 7 of the Florida-New Jersey series.

– O’Rourke worked Game 1 of the Ottawa-Montreal series (along with Mike Leggo), tagging Sens defenseman Eric Gryba with a five-minute interference penalty for his hit on Montreal’s Lars Eller.

– O’Rourke worked Game 3 of the Rangers-Caps series, a 4-3 New York victory. Rooney worked Game 1.

– Murphy worked the lines for Game 5 of this series, a 2-1 Caps win in OT.

  1. rodeoclowndc - May 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Hey Mike – Chris “Ethel Merman” Berman is on line 1; something about “copyright infringement”…

  2. jb8383 - May 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Chris Rooney, isn’t he the one who called game 6 last year in the Devils/Kings Final and also the last game of the season for Devils/Rangers this year, some interesting calls in that game…hmm. Should be interesting to watch.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 13, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      I have no idea how Chris Rooney has a job. He’s an embarrassment to the rest of the Officiating Crew and the NHL itself.

      • jb8383 - May 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        Interesting choice for a big game 7, where the officiating has already been highly criticized.

      • 950003cups - May 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Embarrassment? I think he fits right in with the majority. Hopefully his coin landed on Blue this morning. Caps need some PPs

  3. 950003cups - May 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Here’s a clip from an article from Fire & Ice back in April 23, 2008. This shows the priority level that the NHL has to bad officiating.

    “I found it interesting that referees Dave Jackson and Chris Rooney were among those who did not make the cut with the NHL for the second round of the playoffs. Jackson and Rooney oversaw that controversial final minute in Game 2 of the Devils-Rangers series that included the questionable hooking penalty on Jamie Langenbrunner, the non-call against Blair Betts on Paul Martin and the erroneous icing.

    I wonder if Lou Lamoriello’s verbal assault on supervisor of offiials Terry Gregson after that game had anything to do with it.”

  4. 950003cups - May 13, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    This game is going to be atrociously called.

    • barkar942 - May 13, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Well, if it were the Devils playing, they would have three players in the sin bin for the entire game, and he would throw out all the coaches and Lou!
      I think they should put Rooney and DeBoer on the Kiss Cam!

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