Video: Referee Walkom throws solid hit on Timonen


Late in the third period of Philadelphia’s 5-1 thrashing of Washington, referee Stephen Walkom decided it was time to teach the Caps a thing or two about defense:

That’s how you separate man from puck right there. Shoulder-to-chest, BOOM! Then let Roman Hamrlik exit the zone.

Walkom, you’ll recall, returned to officiating in 2009 after leaving the ice to take a position with the NHL’s Hockey Operations department following the lockout. He’s widely regarded as one of the game’s best referees, though he could be hearing from Brendan Shanahan about leaving his feet on that hit.