Re: Lucic Call
posted at 4/27/2011 1:38 PM EDT
Seems to me they got the call right.
a. The call was Boarding. Not high sticking. Not a check to the head. Not charging. Not roughing. Not hitting from behind. The call was Boarding.
b. The hit drew blood / caused injury - so the call is for 5 mins major. Not a lesser 2 min minor. Not a greater match penalty.
c. Game Misconduct - The hit caused an injury to the face/head. It wasn't severe (the player was able to return), but the blood leaking made it clearly an injury to that area of the body.
d. No suspension or additional discipline - Speaks to intent, severity of the injury, the ability for the player to return, Lucic's fairly clean history, and other league-wide precedence.
41.1 Boarding – A boarding penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who checks an opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to be thrown violently in the boards. The severity of the penalty, based upon the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, shall be at the discretion of the Referee.
There is an enormous amount of judgment involved in the application of this rule by the Referees.
The onus is on the player applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a vulnerable position and if so, he must avoid the contact. However, there is also a responsibility on the player with the puck to avoid placing himself in a dangerous and vulnerable position. This balance must be considered by the Referees when applying this rule.
41.2 Minor Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26292">minor penalty, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, to a player guilty of boarding an opponent.
41.3 Major Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26301">major penalty, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, to a player guilty of boarding an opponent (see 41.5).
41.4 Match Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26304">match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by boarding.
41.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26306">game misconduct shall be imposed.
41.6 Fines and Suspensions - Any player who incurs a total of two (2) game misconducts under Rule 41 and/or www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26333">Rule 43, in either Regular season or Play-offs, shall be suspended automatically for the next game of his team. For each subsequent game misconduct penalty the automatic suspension shall be increased by one game.