Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry Fraser wants to answer your emails at cmonref@tsn.ca! Hi Kerry, In the Bruins-Caps game, there was a penalty called against the Bruins and when Holtby came off the ice for the extra attacker, it appeared that the Caps had too many men before the Bruins touched the puck. There was an audible yell of "too many men," and the announcers thought that there was a penalty for seven Caps on the ice, yet the Caps had a power play instead of a 4-on-4. Can you explain what happened? Were the announcers just incorrect that the refs blew the whistle for too many men, or did the refs get together after the whistle and change their minds? Thanks,Tim (Boston, MA) Tim: With a delayed penalty signaled against Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins for high-sticking Alexander Semin the announcers correctly reported that play was stopped when the linesman identified too many men on the ice following a Caps illegal two man change at their bench. The linesman got the call right at that time and the whistle was blown to stop play with Washington in possession of the puck. You can watch the play here with a count of the seven players at the 7:25 mark of the video. After the whistle blew and prior to the referee assessing the penalty a conference was held by the officials and the too many men call was changed in error. There is only one possible situation in which this could have been deemed a legal line change; even with seven skaters on the ice. Some member(s) of the crew obviously convinced the linesman who stopped the play that this situation applied. They were wrong. Let me explain. With the play deep in the Washington end zone Bergeron clipped Semin in the head with his stick near the faceoff circle hash marks. The back referee identified the infraction and Washingtons sensational young goalie Braden Holtby raced to the bench in favour of an extra attacker as the Caps pushed the puck up ice. Following along behind Holtby for a line change was defenceman Roman Hamrlik. Holtby arrived at the Capitals bench in advance of Hamrlik and was within the legal five-foot change limit when his replacement jumped onto the ice from the middle of the players bench. (I believe it was Mike Knuble.) Holtby took his place on the Capitals bench. It is important to note that if Holtbys replacement (Knuble?) left the bench prior to the five-foot change limit being achieved then Rule 71—premature substitution would have resulted. The linesman would have blown the whistle, the face-off would result at centre ice but no time penalty to the Caps would be assessed. (This would constitute a premature substitution for goalkeeper versus too many men on the ice.) Holtby was on the bench and his replacement on the ice when Roman Hamrlik arrived near the back door of the Washington players bench for a change. With Hamrlik still physically on the ice but reasonably within the five-foot change limit, Alex Ovechkin jumped off the end of the bench closest to their attacking zone. All systems were good at this point even with seven players on the ice; legal change for Holtby had been executed and Hamrlik was within five feet of the bench as was Ovi. The too many men on the ice violation occurred when Alex Semin saw Ovechkin open on the left side and fired a perfect cross-ice pass onto Ovis tape prior to Hamrlik physically leaving the ice. At this point Rule 74 is applied: "If in the course of making a substitution, either the player entering the game or the player retiring from the ice surface player the puck with his stick, skates or hands or who checks or makes any physical contact with an opposing player while either the player entering the game or the retiring player is actually on the ice, then the infraction "too many men on the ice" will be called." The linesman stopped play to correctly apply Rule 74 when Ovechkin played the puck with Hamrlik still physically on the ice. The only thing that I can think of is that someone determined that the second man over the boards (Ovi) was intended and deemed to replace Holtby and was able to convince the linesman of it. No matter what the reason the officials came up with through their on-ice conference, the final call was made incorrectly. Washington was clearly guilty of too many men on the ice and the teams should have played 4-on-4. The announcers got it right — the officials did not. Get ready for Game 7. All the guns should be firing for both teams in Boston on Wednesday night. It will come down to Thomas versus Holtby with just five other guys legally on the ice for each team at any one time! For a personally autographed copy of Final Call from TSN hockey analyst and former NHL referee Kerry Fraser, visit The Book Keeper website. For a regular copy of Final Call from TSN hockey analyst and former NHL referee Kerry Fraser, visit here. cheap jerseys from china . Since being signed on Dec. 16, the 6-foot-9 McGuire has appeared in nine games. Hes averaged 2.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes per game. wholesale jerseys . The routine procedure was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum after the regular season ended to clean up the left elbow area, the team said Tuesday in a release. http://www.cheapjerseysfreeshippingnfl.com/ . Haydars power-play goal 57 seconds into the third period was the last of three unanswered goals by the Wolves (14-11-4), who also got goals from Andrew Ebbett and Jordan Schroeder. cheap nfl jerseys china . Georgias Anna Tatishvili eliminated the Blainville, Que., native 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4. Tatishvili will face top-seeded Sara Errani in the next round. cheap jerseys china . With a breathtaking closing rush, the smooth-striding colt won the Preakness Stakes by a neck at Pimlico Race Course on a sunny Saturday, a nail-biter of a finish that topped his win two weeks ago in the Kentucky Derby.EDMONTON - Ricky Ray isnt counting on any love from Edmonton Eskimo fans when he leads his new team, the Toronto Argonauts, against his old teammates Saturday. Catch all the action on TSN and TSN Mobile TV at 7pm et/4pm pt.  "Im expecting boos," Ray said after arriving at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday prior to his teams CFL season-opening matchup. "Ive just travelled enough around the CFL, going to Regina, Hamilton and some of those places, (like) Winnipeg, and you get haggled pretty good, so Im just expecting it to be the same." Ray played for nine years in the Green and Gold, winning two Grey Cups and racking up more than 40,000 yards in passing before getting traded to Toronto last December. The 32-year-old said if hears boos, hes OK with it. "The fans here dont owe me anything," he said. "I owe so much to (the fans) for the support theyve given me throughout my career here. "Im a visitor coming into their stadium and I expect the worst." Ray admitted it will be strange to walk into the visitor locker-room and not the Eskimo room on game day, but said its good to get it over with. "Its nice to play this game early and kind of put it to bed," he said. "It feels different from a regular regular-season game. Theres extra media and different emotions that youre going through." Ray was traded by Eskimo general manager Eric Tillman to the Argonauts for quarterback Steven Jyles, kicker Grant Shaw, and a draft pick. Eskimo fans writing, blogging and phoning sports call-in shows have been generally critical, saying Edmonton gave away too much for Jyles, a quarterback with fast legs and a strong arm but one who has been a backup for much of his six-year CFL career. Ray said he was shocked at the trade, but said hes made his peace with it. "You feel like (the Eskimos) didnt believe in you anymore," he said. "You just wish you could have been the guy they thought could get them to the Grey Cup again. Definitely it hurts you a little bit, but its part of the business." Meanwhile, when Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Steven Jyles sits by himself in his dressing room cubicle, the memory of Ricky Ray is over his head — literally. Above the bench and hooks is a plate wiith Jyles name and number.dddddddddddd Above that is a tiny plaque that reads "Ricky Ray 2002-2011." It reminds players that this is where the teams career passing leader sat before being dealt to the Toronto Argonauts for Jyles in a package deal last December. Saturdays game will be the culmination of six years of hard work and broken dreams for Jyles, the 29-year-old from Baton Rouge, La.. For six years he has stood on the sidelines with a clipboard and hit the field only when someone else got hurt or played poorly. When the Eskimos traded for him, it was a signal that Edmonton general manager Eric Tillman believed Jyles was ready for prime time. It was Stevens turn, his moment in the sun. But as Jyles stood this week in front of Rays old locker, almost every media question that came at him was about someone else. Yes, he said, hes replacing a legend. "Ricky Rays a great guy. A future Hall of Famer in my eyes," said Jyles. No, he wont by overwhelmed by the grandeur of Rickys Return. "Its just another ball game for us." His voice was emotionless, his mood that of a dental patient — polite but determined to get it over with. Jyles is no stranger to skepticism but it reached new heights following the trade that brought him back to the Alberta capital. He played with Edmonton for two seasons when he began his CFL career in 2006, and couldnt get off the sidelines. Jyles was dismissed as all arm, no football sense. Since then, he has shone in spot duty with Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Toronto, known for his fast feet, a cannon arm and game-breaking potential. Eskimos receiver Greg Carr, who also played with Jyles in Winnipeg, said they see Jyles taking those hits and get inspired. Carr said Jyles speed gives the Eskimos the extra offensive dimension they need. Its one that wasnt there with Ray. Jyles can change the game with his feet or improvise a new play out of a broken one, said Carr. "With him no play is dead." Eskimos linebacker T.J. Hill said that against Jyles, defensive linemen must diligently honour the gaps or risk him breaking free for big yardage. Linebackers walk a fine line, he said. Over-commit and Jyles runs past you. Drop off too deep and he torches you with the underneath throws. ' ' '

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