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IN THE CREASE
Pierre McGuire
February 07, 2000
NHL director of officiating Bryan Lewis showed poor judgment by not assigning one of the league's top referees to last Saturday's Devils—Red Wings matchup, featuring the return to Detroit of New Jersey's Claude Lemieux, who has long been regarded as a villain by Wings fans. Stephen Walkom, whom many coaches rate in the bottom half of the officials' pool, quickly lost control of the game, during which Devils coach Robbie Ftorek hurled a bench onto the ice in protest of a noncall in the second period....
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February 07, 2000

In The Crease

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NHL director of officiating Bryan Lewis showed poor judgment by not assigning one of the league's top referees to last Saturday's Devils—Red Wings matchup, featuring the return to Detroit of New Jersey's Claude Lemieux, who has long been regarded as a villain by Wings fans. Stephen Walkom, whom many coaches rate in the bottom half of the officials' pool, quickly lost control of the game, during which Devils coach Robbie Ftorek hurled a bench onto the ice in protest of a noncall in the second period....

Hurricanes players are unhappy with their practice facility. Instead of working out on a standard NHL-size rink (200 by 85 feet), Carolina is often forced to practice on an international-size surface (197 by 98) because the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena is rarely available to them. Hurricane players feel that it's difficult to simulate NHL-type game situations on the bigger surface at IcePlex....

Canadiens wing Trent McCleary could have died on Saturday had it not been for quick thinking by Montreal trainer Ga�tan Lefebvre after McCleary was struck in the throat by a shot from the Flyers' Chris Therien. Lefebvre pulled McCleary to his feet and yanked out his mouth guard so he wouldn't choke on his blood. As of Sunday night McCleary, who suffered a fractured larynx and a collapsed lung, was in stable condition in a Montreal hospital....

Sharks goaltender Steve Shields has been struggling since San Jose traded co—No. 1 netminder Mike Vernon to the Panthers in a three-way deal last month. It seems Shields can't handle the pressure of being the Man.

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