Just to help the refs...
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11-29-2010, 08:24 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
I am not going to complain about calls all season, but this one was enforced incorrectly and there is no way around that. The wording in the rule is perfectly clear that you must be facing the goalie for the unsportsmanlike.
I ref both hockey and lacrosse, and I believe the rule the NHL instituted is almost word for word taken out of lacrosse rulebooks. The key is whether the player is facing the goalie. If a player wants to do jumping jacks in front of the net, as long as he isn't facing the goalie it is fair game.
Also, the unsportsmanlike doesn't negate the slashing penalty that should of been called on Kiprusoff. I've been reffing for over 10 years and it is a fairly simple call, regardless of what is done to insight it.
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