I have a bone to pick with the rules.
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The situation rose again during the Canada-Slovak game the other day, where Canada had to kill off two five minute majors from trivial calls. Why rose again? Because NJ's season basically ended trying to kill a five minute boarding penalty.
Now when there's an illegal hit to the head, or a boarding, or a bad charging, I understand the calls, especially in the case of injury. Players playing reckless should end up punishing their team, and a five minute penalty is usually warranted.
I would like to see a slight revision, however. First off, when a player gets a major penalty on a player due to an injury, then the ref should ask the team a question. "Do you want a five minute major or a double minor?" The five minute major means that the player who is injured CANNOT return to the game (and it kicks the other player out, too). The double minor allows your player to return and only puts the penalized player in the penalty box.
Now I understand that right away, you won't know the extent of the injury to the player. But then, the ref is forced to make a judgement call right away anyway, so it doesn't change anything. The ref then goes to the bench after the player's been taken off the ice, and that team is given a minute time-out to make the decision (and to cool some hot heads).
The reason is because Scuderi came back that game. And Lipon's hit that caused his suspension saw that player returning to the game as well. Now what stops these players from exaggerating their injury to manipulate the refs to call a five minute major? Nothing. And then the refs face the criticism, but it's not fair for them, they have to decide right away on how to penalize the player and have no idea how much that player is injured.
A double minor is a big enough penalty, but doesn't make it so a team can go out and score three goals on the penalty and turn the rest of the game into a yawn-fest because of a demoralizing and blown call. Now, New Jersey didn't kill that power play very well, but under no circumstance should Scuderi been allowed to return to that game. The same with Canada's penalties: if you're throwing those players out, then throw the "supposed injured" players out as well.
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