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Avs sound off on referees letting play continue as Matt Calvert lies on the ice with head injury

17 novembre 2019
The Colorado Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks on Nathan MacKinnon's OT goal, but the game was marred by yet another injury to the depleted Avs and a controversy involving the officiating crew.

Down 4-2, the Canucks pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and scored, but only after Matt Calvert took a puck to the head while awkwardly trying to block an Elias Pettersson shot. Calvert lay on the ice, bleeding from his head, as the refs allowed the play to continue. While the ref did have discretion to stop a play, even with the Canucks holding possession, Avalanche players and other were disguested that they chose not to.

The rulebook reads as follows: ""When a player is injured so that he cannot continue play or go to his bench, the play shall not be stopped until the injured player's team has secured possession of the puck. If the player's team is in possession of the puck at the time of injury, play shall be stopped immediately unless his team is in a scoring position. In the case where it is obvious that a player has sustained a serious injury, the Referee and/or Linesman may stop the play immediately."

The Canucks proceeded to score again in the waning moments of the game, and then MacKinnon sent the crowd home with his OT goal. But he had plenty to say after the game. "A guy laying there, bleeding out the side of his head," a flustered MacKinnon said, "I can only imagine if that was LeBron James with his head bleeding and they let the other team take a three-pointer to tie the game." MacKinnon seemed to place more of an emphasis on the rule, rather than the referees' judgment,

Coach Jared Bednar, who is tired of seeing his players mowed down by the injury bug, was critical of the decision.



Speaking to Ryan S. Clark of the Athletic, Avs defenseman Eric Johnson was far more vocal.



This is a rule that might need to be tinkered with in the off-season.

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NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 30 51
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 51
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 44
BRAD MARCHAND 28 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 43
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
JACK EICHEL 28 38
ARTEMI PANARIN 26 33
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 27 33
PATRICK KANE 27 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 30 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 18
BRAD MARCHAND 28 18
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 30 33
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 32
JOHN CARLSON 30 31
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 26
BRAD MARCHAND 28 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
DOUGIE HAMILTON 28 28
CALE MAKAR 27 27
ROMAN JOSI 27 24
VICTOR HEDMAN 23 23
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 27 27
QUINN HUGHES 28 23
VICTOR OLOFSSON 28 22
ILYA MIKHEYEV 30 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 21 14
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 22 14
TUUKKA RASK 17 13
JORDAN BINNINGTON 22 13
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 23 13
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE 16 3
JAROSLAV HALAK 11 2
CARTER HUTTON 14 2
TUUKKA RASK 17 2
PETR MRAZEK 18 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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