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Tonight’s Game 7 referees are…

Apr 30, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

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Wednesday marks the first time three Game 7s have been played on the same night since the 2003 playoffs and, in keeping with ourĀ time-honored PHT tradition, here’s a look at the zebras calling tonight’s action:

Flyers at Rangers

Referees: Chris Rooney (No. 5) and Tim Peel (No. 20). Linesmen: Derek Nansen (No. 70) and Derek Amell (no. 75).

Wild at Avalanche

Referees: Eric Furlatt (No. 27) and Wes McCauley (No. 4). Linesmen: Brad Kovachik (No. 71) and Scott Cherrey (No. 50).

Kings at Sharks

Referees: Dave Jackson (No. 8) and Dan O’Rourke (No. 9). Linesmen: Brian Murphy (No. 3) and Jonny Murray (No. 95).

As for the particulars…

– In a development that will likely interest Ron MacLean, no Francophone referees got Game 7 assignments.

– All three tandems will be working their first games of each respective series.

– Two crews that came under recent scrutiny didn’t get assigned. Brad Meier and Kelly Sutherland, who were under fire following Game 5 of the Wild-Avs series, aren’t working. Neither are Chris Lee and Francois St. Laurent, who called Game 6 of L.A-San Jose.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Awwww, where’s our buddy Gordie Dwyer?

    • ignath - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      He’s not your buddy guy!

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        LOL He’s actually a pal friend!
        Best hockey player I’ve seen from the area not named Crosby and MacKinnon

        And no, I’m not forgetting James Sheppard or Marchand

      • ignath - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Haha, that’s great! I was just jokin around based on your name and obviously South Park.

        Also, being a Wild fan I’m not surprised Sheppard is not on that list…one of the biggest draft flops for the Wild in their (albiet short) history. May have been a great hockey player in juniors or something, but certainly never panned out for the Wild.

      • 950003cups - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        Dave Jackson and Chris Rooney have BOTH been removed from playoffs for sucking. The NHL is a JOKE for keeping them. Brad Kovachik also was in trouble for calling an icing on the Devils during a PK.

        http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/fireice/comments/game_2_referees_cut_from_playoffs/P25/

        Here’s the article in case you don’t wanna click the link:

        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.

        Kerry Fraser’s absence from the second-round referees’ roster was also notable. I dont’ know which linesmen were cut, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Greg Devorski and Brad Kovachik (who also worked Game 2 in NJ) didn’t make it.

        I’m off to Pittsburgh on Friday morning for the first two games of Rangers-Penguins. I’m looking forward to seeing Jaromir Jagr play against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

      • 950003cups - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        Rooney was also the same loser who inadvertently missed a penalty on the LA Kings and somehow decided to call a 5 min major on the Devils 5 seconds later. THe following year, Rooney ejected DeBoer from a game vs the Rangers. This guy has a history of playing favorites. Wouldn’t surprise me if he were taking money from bookies.

  2. caniac4ever - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Well we might find out who Tim Peel is pulling for tonight. He is AWFUL!

  3. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Here’s hoping Meier n Sutherland are wearing stripes on youth hockey rinks from now on. Clearly not qualified to work in the big leagues.

    • guitarisgood4u - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      At first I thought that was a picture of Meier, I thought the Wild might be doomed.

      • lbeezyse - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        I would have cried if Meier was a ref for the Wild games. He has hated us since him & Jaques dust up many moons ago. Chump ref.

  4. nobandwagoners - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I’m sure AV is secretly relieved that Kelly Sutherland won’t be referring another game 7 game AV is coaching, particularly after the hatchet job Sutherland did in the last year’s game 7 of the Nucks vs. SJ (don’t get me wrong, SJ was the better team and deserved to win the series – they swept the Nucks for those with short-term memories – but Sutherland was dreadful).

  5. 950003cups - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Rooney and Jackson are bad refs. Jackson has been banned from playoffs in the past for horrible one sided calls. Rooney has already been subject of playing favorites in the rangers favor.

    Look for a doozy of a night from those two clowns.

  6. matt14gg - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    There’s all kinds of levels of bad and then there’s Tim Peel.

  7. rgledz - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Seriously, Meier told Jacques that as long as he was Reffing the Wild would be screwed……guess he’s a man of his word. ( see game 5)

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