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Your New York-Pittsburgh Game 7 officials are…

May 13, 2014, 11:29 AM EDT

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The officiating crew has been set for tonight’s Game 7 between the Rangers and Penguins.

Referees Marc Joannette and Kevin Pollock will be calling the action, aided by linesmen Scott Driscoll and Steve Miller. Some notes about tonight’s zebras:

— This is the exact same crew that worked Game 6 of the series, a 3-1 Rangers victory in which the Blueshirts were whistled for six penalties (12 PIM) and the Penguins nine (for 26 PIM). It’s worth noting this was the one featuring the now-infamous Henrik Lundqvist water bottle squirt on Sidney Crosby (which netted Lundqvist a $5,000 fine) and Crosby’s alleged spear and slew foot (on Dominic Moore and Dan Girardi.)

According to Scouting The Refs, this marks the first time this postseason that a referee crew has worked back-to-back games in a series.

— Earlier in the postseason (Round 1, Chicago vs. St. Louis), Pollock and Joannette were part of a rather infamous incident: Joel Quenneville’s “grabby” gesture during an OT loss to the Blues in which the referees failed to make a delay of game call on St. Louis.

— Pollock has worked over 120 Stanley Cup playoff games in his career and was selected to work the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi; Joannette has called over 100 and worked both the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup Finals.

  1. johnstone17 - May 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Oh look, Gary Bettman reached out to Vince McMahon & the WWE for officials.

  2. kastout11 - May 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Game 6 was at MSG, so obviously the Rangers received the benefit of home ice officiating. Tonight will be in Pittsburg and the other way around, so Penguin fan can stop complaining about the officials.

    • steelpenbucs87 - May 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      There’s an H at the end of Pittsburgh.

      I apologize – message boards aren’t meant to be graduate level theses – its just a bit of a pet peeve, but a fairly common mistake. Thumbs down away.

    • jkay1818 - May 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Katsout, did you even watch a second of that game on Sunday? Let me break some of it down for you. That insane call when zuccarello collided with a pens player and they called him for a trip. then crosby slew foots girardi in front of a ref, nothing. the crosby spear, nothing, the dangerous elbow to st louis head at the end of the game by niskanen. don’t get fooled by the penalty mins. all of pitt’s penalties came as the game expired and they were acting like fools.

      and if you needed more reasons, how about the fact kreider scored a goal, then was pushed in behind via a cross check by letang. Not only did the refs waive off a good goal, kreider was called for a penalty, to add insult to injury. so let’s be real here.

      • bwayblueshirt - May 13, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Goal was not good. Didn’t go in until after the contact with Quick, i.e., no goal. The penalty was BS though, for sure.

  3. moarjam - May 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Crosby’s alleged spear and slew foot?

    There’s nothing alleged about it, they both happened…

    • bmoreredfury311 - May 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. There’s a video, which it clearly shows it.

  4. djshnooks - May 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Wow, slow news day? Lol.

  5. homerx - May 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    @kastout11, what home ice officiating. No calls for slew foot and the many other infractions of the dirty playing Cindy. Some day someone will put him in his place. Did you see how much of a weasel he was after spearing Moore in the groin and then skating away instead of facing his victim. He is a dirty, cheap bastard and someone will eventually give him payback (cheap and dirty also) that will have significant ramifications for Cindy.

    • johnstone17 - May 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      I would rather see someone at a face off just start wailing on him. Hopefully, Pierre will be there to witness it.

      • lilgurgi - May 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Will Pierre get a 10 game suspension if he leaps over the boards to save Sidney from the beating? I could see the refs/linesman looking at each other saying “awkward”. I’m sure even if it did happen, the NHL would rule that there wasn’t any video proof so they couldn’t suspend him (or whatever the reason was they gave with Bissonette earlier this season).

    • bwayblueshirt - May 13, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Makes me laugh every time he starts talking shyt with a guy like Boyle and then bravely hides behind a zebra, like some kid on a playground poking his head out from behind his mommy. Too bad he’s all talk and no tallies.

  6. bleedrangerblue - May 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Right on jay. Right on homer. All I can say is Let’s go Rangers!!!!!!!

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