The two referees at the center of the controversial call in Game 7 between the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks on Tuesday will not be officiating in the second round, according to scoutingtherefs.com and ESPN.
Dan O’Halloran and Eric Furlatt are out after assessing a 5-minute major to the Knights’ Cody Eakin with 10:47 left in the third period in the aftermath of a cross-check to Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. Neither ref signaled for a penalty until Pavelski, who fell from the hit and lay bleeding on the ice, was being attended to. They then huddled and levied the penalty and game misconduct on Eakin.
The Sharks scored four times during the penalty, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to eventually win 5-4 in overtime.
The NHL chooses which refs and linesmen advance. The O’Halloran-Furlatt pairing is one of two completely eliminated from moving on. Notable is that O’Halloran hasn’t missed a conference final in more than a decade, and the Knights-Sharks game was his 212th career playoff game, which leads all active refs, ESPN reported.
–Field Level Media