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04-14-2011, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by insomniac34 View Post
I don't get how on earth people can think that a high stick should have been called for Michalek's stick hitting St. Louis in the face when St. Louis was five inches from the ice.
The whole point of a high stick is that your stick is high and out of control. That stick was barely two inches off the ice.
A “high stick” is one which is carried above the height of the opponent’s shoulders. Players and goalkeepers must be in control and responsible for their stick. However, a player is permitted accidental contact on an opponent if the act is committed as a normal windup or follow through of a shooting motion. A wild swing at a bouncing puck would not be considered a normal windup or follow through and any contact to an opponent above the height of the shoulders shall be penalized accordingly.
That is the rule. Was it above his shoulders?
It's ruled as a slash then.

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