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NHL rescinds Belov match penalty vs. Philly

Nov 10, 2013, 4:54 PM EDT

The match penalty Edmonton Oilers defenseman Anton Belov was assessed during Saturday’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers is no more.

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports the NHL has rescinded the penalty after reviewing the play in which Belov was sent off for a head shot to Flyers captain Claude Giroux. On replay, it appeared Belov hit Giroux shoulder-to-shoulder and according to Matheson that’s just how the league saw it as well.

While Belov was assessed a major penalty for the hit, he will not be suspended because of it. In case you missed it yesterday, here’s video of the play courtesy of CSN Philly.

  1. sunderlanding - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    No kidding. Bad call by the refs, but hey it happens. We all make mistakes. You’re PK needs to come through. You don’t win and loose because of the refs.

    • holycowbatmanwereboxedin - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:10 AM

      little you know – refs missed calls and bad calls have cost the Oilers at least five games over the last five months of playing going back to last year. When the sports announcers mention it – and they do – you know something smells. They are supposed to be well trained and shouldn’t be making blatantly bad calls – which they do far too often.

      • sunderlanding - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Really? The sports announcers are your proof. Grow up. Everyone makes mistakes. If the didn’t every game would end in zero zero. The reason the Oilers are loosing is because they aren’t playing well. It’s not the refs fault.

  2. sabatimus - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    What’s amazing is that the refs got together and then still announced the match penalty. And by amazing I mean pathetic.

    • holycowbatmanwereboxedin - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      Couldn’t agree more. NHL refs seem to have an agenda when it comes to the Oilers and this year’s crop is worse than ever. I often wonder if they bet on the games because some of the calls are simply outrageous! they need to set up a website so they can get feedback from the fans – oh yeah they can’t fine us so that’ll never happen.

  3. sjsharks66 - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I don’t understand why they felt they need to give a match penalty on this. For the hits that deserve one they either miss it or just give a major. These officials in the league really need punishment.

  4. jimw81 - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    it’s amazing how this league hands out match penalties for clean hits during games. if you did this hit frame by frame, giroux makes to the motion at the late minute to AVOID THE BLOW TO THE HEAD.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Puzzled the NHL can change a penalty long after a game but not give the Sharks the OT goal they were denied. Oh, because the ref was thinking about possibly blowing his whistle.

  6. matthewmacisaac - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    As a Flyers fan, I was surprised they went through with the match penalty. Maybe they should be able to review the call on tape. If they were given that luxury and still called it that way, then the NHL could fire them. I think when they all get together to discuss a call, it’s really to get their story straight, not make the right call. “A lie well told and stuck to, is as good as the truth.”

  7. mclovinhockey - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    I’m not surprised they called it. At real speed when you are not expecting the hit it “looks” like a hit to the head, we have the benefit or replay and slow motion, plus several didn’t cameras to show us it was clean. Refs missed one. It happens, I was upset it was a game changer but I think Philly would have won anyway

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