Francis Charron, Gord Dwyer, Eric Furlatt, Trevor Hanson, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Steve Kozari, Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Jon McIsaac, Brad Meier, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Francois St.Laurent, & Kelly Sutherland. Stanby Referees: Garrett Rank & Graham Skilliter
Derek Amell, Steve Barton, Devin Berg, Scott Cherrey, Michel Cormier, Ryan Daisy, Greg Devorski, Ryan Gibbons, Trent Knorr, Brad Kovachik, Matt MacPherson, Steve Miller, Kiel Murchison, Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray, Bryan Pancich, Pierre Racicot, Mark Shewchyk, Tony Sericolo, & Andrew Smith. Standy Linesmen: Darren Gibbs & Libor Suchanek
I just wanted to post here that I agree with Dan O'Halloran and Eric Furlatt calling a major penalty on Cody Eakin, albeit not for the reason Vegas's Head Coach claims he was told. It was a cross check into the direct path of the second player which poses serious risk of injury as the checked player was defenseless and serious injury did occur. I don't think there was an intent to injure which is why I would not agree with a "Match Penalty" call on the hit. You send someone into the boards with a hard hit it is worse than a hard hit in open ice where the player does not come into contact with anyone. Once you set a chain of events in motion you should be responsible for its reasonable aftermath.
I am disappointed if O'Halloran and Furlatt are being punished for that call. Vegas should have been much better on the PK. The fact is that was a dangerous hit for the reasons I stated above, even if it was not a check to the head/neck area. I was more disappointed with the work of Pollock/St. Laurent pairing in Round 1. Since Pollock got a Game 7 I figured he was going on, but I would have dropped St. Laurent for Round 2.
Apparently the league has come down on the side that it was a bad call. I don't disagree with the premise that the Knights had poor penalty killing and shouldn't have allowed 4 goals. But obviously the apology plus the lack of promotion for O'Halloran and Furlatt confirms the league's view on the call.
Gord Miller from TSN is reporting that O'Halloran is retiring after next season. If that's true, then the Vegas-San Jose Game 7 will be his last playoff game since retiring officials in the NHL don't work the playoffs.
If that is the case and he was otherwise going to work the 2nd Round before this incident, NHL could have given him the 2nd Round before not progressing him further or made him an alternate in 2nd Round so that that was not his final appearance. According to scoutingtherefs.com, Brian Murphy is also retiring after next season.