Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dean Morton Laughably Awards Jason Chimera a Penalty Shot

There was one bright spot for the New York Islanders over the course of their game in Toronto tonight. Referee Dean Morton, for whatever reason (the official call goes down as "hooking on a breakaway"), awarded Jason Chimera a penalty shot and the Islanders' captain scored his 14th of the season to temporarily pull New York within one of the Leafs.

The bizarre thing about this call is that defenseman Matt Hunwick barely even touched Chimera as he walked in alone on Frederick Andersen. Did he even touch him? It's hard to tell from the replay.

It didn't matter when it was all said and done. Toronto scored four unanswered goals, including Auston Matthews' 26th and 27th of the season, to notch a decisive 7-1 win over the Islanders.

It was a huge win for Toronto. They would have been leapfrogged by New York in the Eastern Conference standings had they lost.

Frederik Andersen stopped 33 of 34 shots for Toronto, many of them dazzling, particularly in the second period (prior to this terrible call) when the Islanders were peppering the Leafs with shots.