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Posted On Monday, 10.12.2015 / 3:40 PM

By NHL Public Relations -  / - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Video Review: TBL @ BOS - 15:58 of the Third Period

At 15:58 of the third period in the Lightning/Bruins game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off the skate of Tampa Bay's Valtteri Filppula and entered the Boston net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Therefore the call on the ice stands - good goal Tampa Bay.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 3:59 PM

By NHL Public Relations -  / - 2015-2016 Situation Room blog

Get the scoop from Toronto

You have arrived at the Situation Room Blog -- the place you want to be every night of the 2015-2016 season.

Starting Wednesday, reports instantly from inside the League's Hockey Operations situation room in Toronto, where Hockey Ops reviews and decides disputed goals.

Plus, find out the "why" behind those calls. You get the NHL's official ruling first -- here at the Situation Room Blog.

Posted On Friday, 06.26.2015 / 12:00 PM

By NHL Public Relations -  / - NHL Green Slapshots™

NHL Green legacy tree project set for 2015 draft

NEW YORK -- As part of the League's commitment to preserve and support the local environments of host cities for NHL events, NHL Green announced today a legacy tree project at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla.

In cooperation with the Florida Panthers Foundation, the NHL is donating 30 trees to represent each Club's commitment to sustainability. NHL Green first launched the initiative at the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh and continued the project in New Jersey (2013) and Philadelphia (2014).

This year's project will plant mature hardwoods and sabal palms, reminiscent of those featured on the Florida Panthers jersey shoulder patch. The State of Florida designated the sabal palm as the official state tree in 1953. The species is remarkably resistant to salt, cold, high winds and drought and requires little maintenance.

"The Florida Panthers are pleased to join NHL Green and the City of Sunrise in our efforts to promote a greener community at Welleby Park," said Executive Chairman Peter Luukko. "We appreciate the NHL's commitment to help beautify Welleby Park for the residents of Sunrise."

Posted On Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 1:21 PM

By NHL Public Relations -  / - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

PHI @ WSH - 14:59 of the First Period

At 14:59 of the first period in the Flyers/Capitals game, the Situation Room initiated video review to further examine a play at the Philadelphia net. Video review was inconclusive in determining if Nicklas Backstrom's shot completely crossed the goal line. Therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Washington.

Posted On Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 1:09 PM

By NHL Public Relations -  / - 2013-2014 Situation Room blog

PHI @ WSH - 11:22 of the First Period

At 11:22 of the first period in the Flyers/Capitals game, the Situation Room initiated video review to further examine a play at the Washington net. Video review determined that Claude Giroux's shot completely crossed the goal line, hitting the back bar in the net. According to Rule 38.6 "In the event that a video replay shows a goal was scored prior to the play being stopped, the Video Goal Judge will inform the Game Timekeeper and Official Scorer of the time and the amount of playing time left to be reset on the game clock and penalty time clocks (if applicable)." Good goal Philadelphia.

Posted On Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 2:23 PM

By NHL Public Relations -  / - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Senators add Latendresse on one-year deal

The Ottawa Senators have decided to give Guillaume Latendresse a chance to bounce back from his concussion problems, signing the big forward to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.

Latendresse had spent the past three seasons with the Minnesota Wild following his trade from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Benoit Pouliot. He had a career year with 37 points in 55 games in his first season in Minnesota, but during the past two seasons he has played just 27 games.

Latendresse passed a physical in Ottawa on Sunday after having received clearance from the Wild’s doctors last month, and his contract includes performance bonuses that could boost Latendresse’s total salary to $2 million, according to RDS.

Latendresse said on his Twitter account last week that he wanted to be closer to his four year-old son who lives in Montreal, which is just a two-hour drive from Ottawa.

Should Latendresse be healthy, he is an interesting addition for the Senators that could be able to provide some offense in a third- or fourth-line role.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 1:24 PM

By NHL Public Relations -  / - At the Rink blog

Pronger to make return tonight for Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced via their Twitter account that captain Chris Pronger would return to the lineup to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

Pronger had missed the previous six games after being struck in the right eye by the stick of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski during a game on Oct. 24. For the season, Pronger has a goal, 7 points and a plus-2 rating in eight games.
Posted On Thursday, 05.19.2011 / 10:37 AM

By NHL Public Relations -  / - Road to St. Paul 2011 Entry Draft Blog

NHL Network U.S. will have Memorial Cup covered

The NHL Network U.S. will showcase the best teams in Canadian major junior hockey as they compete for a national championship title in the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament. The coverage will feature a combination of live and tape delayed broadcasts throughout the 10 days of competition from the tournament's host city of Mississauga, Ontario.

It marks the fourth consecutive year that the NHL Network will provide fans the opportunity to see the NHL's future stars and 2011 draft-eligible players battling for Canadian Hockey League's supreme trophy.

Those teams challenging for the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup include Western Hockey League (WHL) champion Kootenay Ice, Ontario Hockey League (OHL) champion Owen Sound Attack and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) champion Saint John Sea Dogs, plus the host team Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (OHL).

NHL Network U.S. will air Rogers Sportsnet's coverage of all tournament games with the broadcast team of play-by-play man Peter Loubardias, analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds. All games will be broadcast in high definition.

Tournament coverage will begin on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. ET with the re-broadcast of the previous night's action between the Saint John Sea Dogs and the host Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. Saint John is led by top-ranked prospects Jonathan Huberdeau (No. 3 ranked) and defenseman Nathan Beaulieau (No. 5 ranked), two of nine Sea Dogs on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking list. Mississauga captain Casey Cizikas, drafted 92nd by the NY Islanders in 2009, will lead the Majors to their first Memorial Cup appearance since 1961.

In the second game of Saturday's double-header, NHL Network U.S. will provide live coverage when the Owen Sound Attack take on the Kootenay Ice at 7:00 p.m. ET.  WHL Eastern Conference MVP and Kootenay center Cody Eakin, drafted 85th by the Washington Capitals in 2009, will lead the Ice against Owen Sound, which is coming off a big Game 7 win in the OHL championship series.  The Attack's 17-year-old, draft-eligible goaltender Jordan Binnington only allowed four goals on 70 shots over the last two games of the series.

Additional live game coverage will be added to the NHL Network U.S. schedule as the NHL’s Conference Finals series conclude.  Fans are encouraged to check the schedule at for updates.

All of NHL Network's live broadcasts will feature intermissions originating from the NHL Network studio in Toronto.  NHL Network will also feature nightly Memorial Cup coverage on NHL On The Fly with tournament news and notes and game analysis. also will have special coverage of the tournament in its entirety with a team of reporters and videographers on-site to cover the sights and sounds of the CHL's best.

The 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament features 25 recently drafted players from 20 NHL Clubs and 17 players eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft who have been ranked by NHL Central Scouting.

2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup on NHL Network U.S. Schedule (all times Eastern)

Date                 Game                                   Time (ET)
Sat., May 21    Saint John vs. Mississauga    9:00 a.m. (tape delay from 5/20)
                        Owen Sound vs. Kootenay    7:00 p.m. (LIVE)
Sun., May 22    Mississauga vs. Kootenay    7:00 p.m. (LIVE)
Tues., May 24    Owen Sound vs. Saint John    12:00 p.m. (tape delay from 5/23)
Wed., May 25    Kootenay vs. Saint John    12:00 p.m. (tape delay from 5/24)
Thurs., May 26    Mississauga vs. Owen Sound     12:00 p.m. (tape delay from 5/25)
Fri., May 27    Tie-Breaker (if necessary)    12:00 p.m. (tape delay from 5/26)
Sat., May 28    Semi-Final    1:00 p.m. (tape delay from 5/27)
Sun., May 29    Championship Game    7:00 p.m. (LIVE)

Posted On Monday, 03.07.2011 / 12:58 PM

By NHL Public Relations -  / - Countdown to the Playoffs

'History will be made' again

Last season's award-winning History Will Be Made™ campaign will return for the 2011 Stanley Cup® Playoffs but with significantly broader distribution.  This year, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the NBC Sports Group have joined forces to distribute the national advertising campaign across the TV, online, radio, print, in-arena, in-store point-of-purchase, mobile and social media platforms of the NHL, NBC and VERSUS as well as additional NBC Universal platforms, such as CNBC and MSNBC.

Last season's History Will Be Made campaign was one of the most successful campaigns in NHL history, driving more than 302 million TV viewers for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most watched in 36 years. The campaign, which featured prominent Playoffs moments from NHL greats Bobby Orr and others, not only drove interest and television viewership but connected with fans on an emotional level and inspired them to create and post their own versions of the TV spots to YouTube, generating more than 2,400 fan-created commercials and more than 8 million total views.  For the second straight year, fans will be able to download the music composed for the History Will Be Made campaign from the NHL's Facebook page for fan-generated spots.
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