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The NHL has announced the Officials selected for the third round of Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011-12:

REFEREES

Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland and Brad Watson.

LINESMEN

Derek Amell, Steve Barton, Shane Heyer, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray, Pierre Racicot and Jay Sharrers.

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i won't make special effort to watch the WCF. it's too EMOTIONALLY (it_hurts) painful.

let's go rangers!

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Just so we are clear, if the Yotes reach the finals, San Jose becomes the oldest franchise to have never played for the Cup, yes?

unless you count the Jets now that they are back...

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via NHL Officials,

The NHL has announced the Officials selected for the third round of Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011-12:

REFEREES

Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland and Brad Watson.

LINESMEN

Derek Amell, Steve Barton, Shane Heyer, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray, Pierre Racicot and Jay Sharrers.

The old guard is getting the heave ho. Devorski dropped after round 1, Walkom after round 2. Kozari, Furlatt and Joannette dropped along with Walkom.

I am not fond of Pollock, McCauley or O'Halloran. O'Halloran for decisions and because he skates when he wants to as does Pollock. McCauley lives up to his nickname "No Calls". I would take Lee over all 3 of these guys and probably Kozari too. The other 4 of the conf finals refs are solid selections. None of them rank as poor skaters with Lee being the least adept but still OK.

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The old guard is getting the heave ho. Devorski dropped after round 1, Walkom after round 2. Kozari, Furlatt and Joannette dropped along with Walkom.

I am not fond of Pollock, McCauley or O'Halloran. O'Halloran for decisions and because he skates when he wants to as does Pollock. McCauley lives up to his nickname "No Calls". I would take Lee over all 3 of these guys and probably Kozari too. The other 4 of the conf finals refs are solid selections. None of them rank as poor skaters with Lee being the least adept but still OK.

I'm not suprised about Walkom getting the boot, he was lousy the first two rounds. Weber head slam, Torres hit on Hossa were incidents that happened when Walkom was senior ref of those games. Get new blood in there and get rid of these old guard favorites I say

Good riddance

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Just so we are clear, if the Yotes reach the finals, San Jose becomes the oldest franchise to have never played for the Cup, yes?

correct.

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I'm not suprised about Walkom getting the boot, he was lousy the first two rounds. Weber head slam, Torres hit on Hossa were incidents that happened when Walkom was senior ref of those games. Get new blood in there and get rid of these old guard favorites I say

Good riddance

O'Halloran and Pollock are coroner refs too. I haven't seen McCauley with a no-call on safety, but he just doesn't have many calls. The other 5 call safety.

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means diddly squat, obviously, but I think the Sharks would actually stand a better chance in a series against LA then they would against Phoenix.

Coaching and team speed would kill the Sharks and the fact that the Sharks simply cannot score goals in Phoenix...

just think the hockey media is selling Phoenix a bit short, so it seems. i'd probably rather see the Dogs win this round. We'll see.

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means diddly squat, obviously, but I think the Sharks would actually stand a better chance in a series against LA then they would against Phoenix.

Coaching and team speed would kill the Sharks and the fact that the Sharks simply cannot score goals in Phoenix...

just think the hockey media is selling Phoenix a bit short, so it seems. i'd probably rather see the Dogs win this round. We'll see.

Of the 4 teams remaining, I don't want to see the Kings win. It would be a win for dumbed down hockey. All 3 of the other teams have at least some strategic tweak to create offense. I don't want a return to 90s hockey. And we all know how most GMs are copycats.

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Of the 4 teams remaining, I don't want to see the Kings win. It would be a win for dumbed down hockey. All 3 of the other teams have at least some strategic tweak to create offense. I don't want a return to 90s hockey. And we all know how most GMs are copycats.

SJ, what do you mean by dumbed down hockey? Just curious...

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Of the 4 teams remaining, I don't want to see the Kings win. It would be a win for dumbed down hockey. All 3 of the other teams have at least some strategic tweak to create offense. I don't want a return to 90s hockey. And we all know how most GMs are copycats.

why do the Devils have Larry Robinson and Adam Oates while the Sharks are stuck with Shaw and Woodcroft?

why God why?

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SJ, what do you mean by dumbed down hockey? Just curious...

Pretty much north/south, don't take any chances.

Rags block shots like no other with the intent of creating breakaways on the blocks. Yotes are trap and transition with the dmen participating a lot off of the rush. Devs run DeBoer's transition speed thing which is similar to Carolina's system, a little trap thrown in. DeBoer is conservative with the dmen like Carolina, dmen almost never join the rush.

Caps gave the Rags fits because they put their point shots on a leash. Carlson, Green and Wideman were only shooting on pinches with clear lanes. It's death to bomb from the point against the Rags.

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