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Well, we all saw the controversial no-goal today by Karel Rachunek of the Rangers. Whether you think it was a goal or not, the inherent problem with the process is that it's a bad rule. The purpose of the game from its inception is to use your stick to propel the puck into the net. So in my opinion, they need to legislate this concept more firmly...

The rule should be changed such that the offensive player scoring the goal is required to get a stick on the puck. That would eliminate all of this "distinct kicking motion" bull that we've been hearing about lately.

Here's a miniature "case book" on the new rule:

CASE 1: A puck hits or is directed with an offensive player's body, then enters net -- NO GOAL.

CASE 2: A puck hits or is directed with an offensive player's body, hits the defending goaltender, then enters net -- NO GOAL.

CASE 3: A puck hits or is directed with an offensive player's body, then touches a defender (other than the goaltender), then enters net -- GOOD GOAL
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April 29, 2007 10:00 PM ET | Delete
No Goal.
April 29, 2007 10:26 PM ET | Delete
lol @ GarthTo be honest -- the biggest problem with that rule was that players never learned to keep their butts out of the goal crease...Tho I'm sure Sabres fans beg to differ...
April 30, 2007 10:03 AM ET | Delete
I agree a change to the rule would be good. I disagree with your change however. You shouldn't change the way a puck is played everywhere else on the ice when you get to the goal. Since you can't throw a puck - you shouldn't be able to throw a puck into the net. You can play a puck off another player's arm, leg, butt, etc - so pucks that deflect off a player should count.Since you can kick a puck, you should be able to kick a puck into the net. If the league wants to make sure the goal tenders are protected then the rule could read that a puck may be directed into the net with a distinct kicking motion as long as the players skate stays in contact with the ice. In other words, they can't lift their skate off the ice to kick at a puck.
April 30, 2007 12:51 PM ET | Delete
Bounces off a body not counting? Here's the new defensive strategy: push the guy in front of the net toward the shot -- most tips would turn into blocked shots. At 90 mph, the burden of the ref's judgement would INCREASE, and I think we want to go the other way.Maybe a little less aggressive rule change, like..."cannot deflect directly off an offensive players skate into the net." No more 'kicking motion' judgement; hard and fast rule. Deflect off the shin pad? Tough cookies, your D should manhandle better. And it would preserve the value of the screen. (Red Wings fans rejoice).
April 30, 2007 3:51 PM ET | Delete
i'm just surprised that the rule hasn't been completely changed to allow kicking of the puck into the net. you are, as has been stated previously, allowed to use your feet elsewhere on the ice surface. i'm not sure i agree with it, but i have a feeling that more goals would be scored, and captain bettman seems to love more goals...
April 30, 2007 4:55 PM ET | Delete
GSamsa, I thikn it's a safety issue for the Goaltender. Ask Clint Malarchuk....
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