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Your Boston-Montreal Game 7 officials are…

May 14, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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The officiating crew for tonight’s huge Game 7 at TD Garden will be comprised of referees Dave Jackson and Dan O’Rourke, along with linesmen Shane Heyer and Brad Kovachik.

Some notes about the zebras…

— This is the second game of the series for Jackson and O’Rourke, having previously called Game 2,  a 5-3 Bruins win. The game was a testy affair which saw three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, one for abusive language (from the B’s bench) and an opening period that saw both teams combine for eight minors.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien wasn’t thrilled with how the game was called, per the Boston Globe:

But it was also very rare to see Julien, typically the picture of reserve, get all huffed up during a game, to the point he was slapped with that minor penalty. The Habs had just moved ahead, 2-1, on the first of two Thomas Vanek strikes, the first of his two power-play strikes, and Julien grew a little too pointed with the referees (Dave Jackson and Dan O’Rourke).

Penalty, two minutes: uncoachmanlike conduct.

“The referee . . . ” explained Julien, not naming which referee, “ . . . I kind of told him I didn’t agree with his calls.”

— Jackson and O’Rourke have worked one Game 7 already this postseason (L.A.’s 5-1 win over San Jose). That one was a relatively muted affair; there were no penalties called in the first period and just nine all game, four of which were hooking calls.

— O’Rourke was one of four referees chosen to call the 2012 Stanley Cup Final between Los Angeles and New Jersey; Jackson is one of the league’s most veteran officials, having broke in during the 1990-91 season and calling his first playoff game in ’99. Jackson was also chosen to officiate games for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

  1. joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Boston fans beware. Dave Jackson hails from Montreal, Quebec. He saw the Habs win four consecutive championships in the 70s. Two of which were vis-à-vis les gros et méchant Bruins de Don Cherry.

    • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      BTW, Jackson is known to call a tight game, so les Bruins better be on their best behavior. Dan O’Rourke is Canadian or as we say in French, Canadien. Shoot! Won’t be easy for the B’s to stay our of the penalty box. Can we expect at least on B’s goal be refused?

      • charlie24zz - May 14, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        For all those thumbs up…don’t you know that he’s mocking you B’s fans?

    • seatttlepm24 - May 15, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      That explains why there were “NO” penalties given to Montreal, what so ever at all!

  2. fivetozeroingame7 - May 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Who’s officiating the Capitals game?

    • r8rbhawk - May 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      where were you yesterday? I was looking for you to predict the Rangers game 7 or do you only predict against the caps?

  3. newgod99 - May 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Habs still won’t win even with the refs on there side.

  4. montrealbbr - May 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Montreal wins this no matter who the refs are. I expect to see huge games from Subban and Pacioretty. Wouldnt surprise me at all to see Price get another shut out because he owns the Bruins.

    • joey4id - May 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Ferme ta gueule imbécile

    • topshelf37 - May 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Price has a 10-14 record with 60 GA and a GAA of 2.5 against the Bruins in the playoffs. He totally owns them, Habs all the way, why even argue?

  5. 950003cups - May 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Jackson and O’Rourke are bad choices. Jackson was once pulled from the postseason in 2008 because of how poorly he officiated. O’Rourke has allowed personal feelings interfere with his officiating “decisions”. His horrendous calling of Game 6 in the Finals in 2012, and he ejected DeBoer the following year for mild reasons against the Rangers with a smug on his pie hole.

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