Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Kerry Fraser on the Overtime Blunder
While I haven't seen any official comment from the NHL, Kerry Fraser had a lot to say about the call that sent Travis Hamonic to the penalty box in overtime.
Kerry also had an interesting point about the ensuing faceoff.
<<By virtue of the numerical strength in overtime and as a result of the Islander penalty the teams would play 4 against 3 with a faceoff to the left of DiPietro in the Islander zone. I understand that linesman Matt MacPherson is a real good kid and a fine young official. On the ensuing faceoff however, Matt committed a rookie mistake by ejecting the lone NY Islander forward, center man Frans Nielsen, who had been sent out by Capuano to take this crucial draw. Hall of Fame linesmen Matt Pavelich, John D'Amico, Ray Scapinello or any veteran NHL linesman would tell the young man to give that lone forward every opportunity imaginable to take that faceoff and win it!
Defenceman Steve Staios replaced Nielsen and was no match on the draw for a partially turned Joe Thornton who won the draw cleanly to the side wall giving the Sharks end zone possession. The puck never cleared the Islanders zone and Brent Burns snapped the puck past DiPietro for the power play winner.>>
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