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Make-Up Call for the Referees? Chinese-Canadian Brandon Yip Could Debut for Avalanche


Opmac

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<img src="http://scarlet.capitals.nhl.com/uploads/Poti_80277508_497e034c7cbc9.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed" width="250" height="163">In the Canucks-Capitals game, defenceman Tom Poti simply gestured that he believed Burrows dived, was given an unsportsmanlike penalty on top of his crosschecking penalty on his hit-from-behind; a weak call no matter which team you are cheering for.

In the ensuing power play, Mason Raymond cashed in with his second goal of the game and 14th goal of the season. On the bench, we saw Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau clapping sarcastically on the bench and yelling "F***ing good job" to the referees.

Moments later, Capitals forward Alexander Semin was sent in on a partial breakaway, only to be hauled down from the side by Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa. Semin was awarded a penalty shot by referee Mike Leggo, the same referee who called the unsportsmanlike penalty on Poti.

A make-up call?

Perhaps, since penalty shots are usually not rewarded unless the player has a clear path to the net before being hauled down from behind.

On a different note, Vancouverite and Chinese-Canadian forward Brandon Yip was recalled by the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. The Avalanche have injuries to Milan Hejduk, Marek Svatos, and Chris Stewart and should make his NHL debut tomorrow night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Yip, drafted in the 8th round in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, would be only the second Chinese-Canadian to play in the NHL after Larry Kwong who played in one game with the New York Rangers against the Montreal Canadiens in 1948. He tallied no points.

Other players who have Chinese ancestry in their blood that have played in the NHL are center Mike Wong, of Chinese and Native descent, who played in 22 games with the Detroit Red Wings in 1975. Goaltender Peter Ing, of Chinese and Jewish descent, played in 74 games over four NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Detroit Red Wings. More recently, goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu, of Chinese and Afro-Jamaican descent, played in one game on February 21, 2008 for the St. Louis Blues.

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