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Islanders overcome controversial 3rd period call

Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:54 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2012 12:15 am
By: Adam Gretz

Over the past seven years the number of penalty shots we see in the NHL has been on the rise. We've already seen 41 this season, and that includes the one that went Buffalo's Thomas Vanek late in the third period of the Sabres' 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night. At the time of the shot the Islanders were holding a slim one-goal lead, and Vanek had an opportunity to score a potentially game-changing goal with a little over a minute to play in regulation.

The only reason he was given the shot was because of what appeared to be terrible call by the on-ice officials that awarded Buffalo a penalty shot after it was determined that Islanders defenseman Mark Streit intentionally dislodged the net. After watching the replay it looks as if Streit did nothing other than lose his balance and run into the net, causing it to become dislodged. If he did it on purpose, it was a darn fine acting job.

Fortunately for the Islanders, Vanek's shot hit the post and they were able to add another goal and hold on for the win.

Here's a look at the play so you can decide for yourself if Streit's actions were intentional, or if it was simply an accident that was followed by a brutal call that could have cost the Islanders the game.

The bigger issue here, for me, is that the NHL has become way too penalty shot happy in recent years. Here's a quick look at the number of shots that have been issued dating back to 1997:

2011-12 (half season): 41
2010-11: 78
2009-10: 55
2008-09: 64
2007-08: 59
2006-07: 70
2005-06: 103
2003-04: 57
2002-03: 39
2001-02: 46
2000-01: 32
1999-00: 40
1998-99: 27
1997-98: 34

That's quite a spike over the past seven years.

Now, one of the biggest factors in that increase has been the elimination of the red line and the two-line pass, which took place prior to the 2005-06 season. But it also seems that the NHL is more willing to hand one out than it used to be. Ten years ago if you had anything that even resembled a shot on goal, or an attempted shot, on a breakaway while being hauled down you didn't have a chance of being awaraded a shot. That no longer seems to be the case.

You also have calls like the one featured above.

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Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:51 am

Islanders overcome controversial 3rd period call

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Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:17 pm

Read the rulebook...

Under normal circumstances, the call on the ice would be a 2 minute minor for delay of game. Nobody hit Streit, he took himself into the net. However, according to Rule 63.5, "If by reason of insufficient time in the regular playing time or by reason of penalties already imposed, the minor penalty assessed to a player for deliberately displacing his own goal post cannot be served in its entirety within the regular playing time of the game or at any time in overtime, a penalty shot shall be awarded against the offending team."

The whole situation is alot less scandalous when you actually give sufficient background on what happened. It's not like the on-ice officials just decided to give a penalty shot for the hell of it, it's what the rulebook calls for in that situation.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:08 pm

Islanders overcome controversial 3rd period call

WAIT A MINUTE!!!! Cut the New York entitlement mentality. 

Gaustad is going in on a breakasway, gets tripped from behind, and not only was there no penalty shot, there was no penalty period.  A blatant bad call.

Now I know most of the fans in the NHL think Lindy Ruff is a crybaby, and that Derek Roy is a diver, but that lack of a call was so bad....

It's becoming obvious to Sabre fans that Bettman's antipathy to Ruff in particular and to Buffalo fans is affecting on-ice calls. The other night Kaleta gets called for charging on a perfectly legitimate hit.  Lucic gets to commit assault on our goalie without penalty, and Ruff gets taken to the woodshed for saying OK it's appraently open season on goalies.

Remebr NHL, Buffalo is one of the top 3 American cities in terms of fan appreciation for hockey.  TV share, ticket sales, access to Canadian market, etc. Being fair to us is all we ask.

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:51 pm

Islanders overcome controversial 3rd period call

You cant make a call on that.  The net gets dislodged for all sorts of reasons and there is almost never a penalty called and NEVER a penalty shot.  The guy lost his edge, that is apart of hockey.  Look how many times in a game a player is skating and suddenly just losses his edge and he falls or slides into the boards for no reason.  This was a guy chasing the puck and losing an edge who just happened to fall into the net.  Its a dead puck call, faceoff in the left circle in the Islanders zone.

The league is getting penalty shot happy as of late and its really starting to drive true hockey fans crazy.  This was jsut a really poor call and I think the NHL knows it.

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:46 am

Islanders overcome controversial 3rd period call

It looks like he is not trying to dislodge the net, but the net has been in the same place all year.  The player has to know he is going to run into it, right?  Definately a penalty, not sure if it should be a penalty shot though.  I'm sure there is some rule about it.  I don't think the Isle got skrewed by the call though.  A call had to be made there..... just wish they would call that against San Jose and Vancouver, who do that same thing 2- 3 times a game with no call.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:34 am

Islanders overcome controversial 3rd period call

adam , Why not enforce the penalty shot , the worse thing the NHL has ever done is put in a shootout while giving the losing team a point !!!

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