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Player of the Game & The Good, The Bad, The Redden: Game #68 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
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03-07-2011, 04:41 PM
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I think the bolded is a pretty big leap. The people in Toronto that review on-ice calls (Campbell, et al.) play a hand in drafting the rules. Just because you disagree with the implementation given the wording doesn't mean that the rule was intended to be implemented the way you think it should
True, unfortunately for the NHL.
Quite frankly, the distinction between a play where a player "bringing his skate forward during contact with the puck to kick the puck in" vs. "bringing his skate forward during contact with the puck to deflect the puck in" is so minuscule that I believe it impossible to qualify the difference. No distinction can or should be made between the two.
The difference lies in the momentum of the puck. If you're adding momentum to the puck, then it's a kick. If you're subtracting momentum from the puck, it's a deflection. Rarely will there be a problem making the distinction here. It is certainly no more ambiguous than whether or not the player is making a "kicking motion," and it's a whole lot less arbitrary.
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