A New Penalty


Todd Bertuzzi invented a new form of holding last night.  He shoved a San Jose defensemen…that’s right, SHOVED the player and was called for holding.

This is from NHL.com:

54.1 Holding – Any action by a player or goalkeeper that retards the progress of an opposing player whether or not he is in possession of the puck.

54.2 Minor Penalty – A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who holds an opponent by using his hands, arms or legs.

A player or goalkeeper is permitted to use his arm in a strength move, by blocking his opponent, provided he has body position and is not using his hands in a holding manner, when doing so.

A player or goalkeeper is not permitted to hold an opponent’s stick. A minor penalty shall be assessed to a player or goalkeeper who holds an opponent’s stick (assessed and announced as “holding the stick”).

A player is permitted to protect himself by defending against an opponent’s stick. He must immediately release the stick and allow the player to resume normal play.


This is from Merriam-Webster.com:


transitive verb 1 : to push along
2 : to push or put in a rough, careless, or hasty manner : thrust
3 : to force by other than physical means

So, please tell me how what Todd did at 3:01 into the 3rd period last night constitutes a holding penalty.  Could we please sit down with the referee that made that call and watch it again and let him try and convince us that it was a penalty.

Did we do that when Franzen was administered two minutes for taking a stick to the face?  Apparently there’s a minor penalty in the rulebook somewhere that says nine stitches due to a stick to the face from an opposing player is tripping.  Maybe the Mule was on shrooms?

Yeah, yeah…tin foil hat, right?  Wrong.  It’s not a subjective statement to say that the officiating in last night’s game was anything but a joke.  It’s objective.  It’s a fact.

They’re making up penalties in a Conference Semi-Final Series.  Even the VS crew was confused (shocking I know).

Ray Scapinello, a Hall-of-Fame ref said that the best games for a referee are the ones where you don’t even notice them out there.  So what the hell was last night’s game?  Seriously…what was that?