A familiar duo!
Referees Wes McCauley (No. 4) and Kevin Pollock (No. 33) have been given yet another important assignment, with Derek Amell (No. 75) and Brian Murphy (No. 93) working the lines.
Standbys are referee Chris Rooney and linesman Michel Cormier.
Some notes on tonight’s zebras…
• Pollock and McCauley have clearly emerged as the league’s “go-to” tandem for Game 7s this postseason. This will be their third time working a series finale together, having called both Red Wings-Lightning in Round 1 and Capitals-Rangers in Round 2.
• Game 7 of the Detroit-Tampa Bay series was the first shared assignment for Pollock and McCauley this postseason. That game, a 2-0 Tampa Bay victory, featured 18 pretty evenly distributed penalty minutes — 10 for Detroit, eight for the Bolts.
• Their second Game 7, Caps-Rangers — which New York won 2-1 in OT — was also pretty even in terms of PIM; eight for Washington, and six for the Blueshirts. It is worth noting, however, that McCauley and Pollock put their whistles away with seven minutes to go in the second period, going penalty-free for all of the third frame and overtime.
•McCauley and Pollock have worked one game of this Eastern Conference Final already: New York’s 5-1 win at Tampa Bay in Game 4. That was the game in which the Rangers capitalized on two power plays early in the third period to put the game out of reach; things got chippy in the final three minutes, with 50 PIM being dished out.