So apparently referees and linesmen can call penalties from video replay. Actually, they can’t by rule or bylaw. But it appears that is exactly what they did when Sean Avery tapped Tim Thomas in the back of the hat Saturday in Boston.
And apparently, rules apply to Avery, but when they don’t, the NHL can just change them.
Another thing, unrelated to a degree — I was at Boston’s Bailout Garden for a Celtics-Cavaliers game last month, sitting in upper-deck seats that some ticket agency jacked up to $100. There was a flagrant foul on the court and led to a near brawl in which Glen Davis was ejected and LeBron James, among others, were given technical fouls. From where I was, I could barely see it. But they didn’t show the replay. Wonder if it was because a Boston player committed the foul? Wonder if it had been King James, would they have shown it? Or if it were Avery?
Some follow-up thoughts:
1) If I were John Tortorella, with no games from Saturday afternoon until Tuesday night, I’d work on the power play, and not stop until they get it right. Not stop until they figure how to get shots from the point, how to get somebody in front of the net, how to at least make it somewhat difficult for the penalty killers and the goalie. Because they can say they had chances. But they really don’t get very many chances of any quality, and even if you don’t have much top-level or skill, you have five against four. You should be able to create something once in a while.
2) Tim Thomas’s best save Saturday was Ryan Callahan’s shot that hit his noggin.
3) For weeks, if not months, Callahan has been the Rangers best player, far and away. Avery is second. They play on the No. 1 line for the New York Rangers with Scott Gomez, who has been better, but still not nearly as good as the Rangers need him to be. On Detroit or Boston or San Jose, that’s a nice second line. And there you have the Rangers’ problem in a nutshell. If that’s your No. 1, all due respect to all three players, you’re not winning anything.
4) So I’ll repeat a question from a couple months ago: Tell me which 10 teams have worse front-line skill and talent than the NYR? They are definitely lower-half of the league, and I maintain it might be lower third.
5) Callahan’s empty-net goal is the only goal the Rangers have scored in the third period of their last NINE games.
6) To fix the problem, maybe Glen Sather can go out and sign some really expensive B-list free agents this summer.
7) I’ve really had it with those annoying Geico commercials, with the money with the eyeballs. It’s not even a little funny or cute.
Another reminder, Jane and I will do a live video chat Tuesday at 1, before the critical game against Montreal — after which (barring overtime) the Rangers will trail the Habs by 1, 3, 5 or 7 points. Before then, Florida plays Pitt tonight, the Habs play Ottawa tomorrow.
UPDATE, 11:54 a.m.: There are no tests scheduled for today, and no update, on Nik Antropov’s left knee inj …. ooops …. I mean lower-body injury.