Lucic Disciplinary Hearing: Update: No suspension or fine
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11-13-2011, 11:12 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Moultonborough, NH
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Yes, but to me, it did not look like he made any effort at all to avoid contact. I am aware that hitting a goalie is not suspendable, but the magnitude of the hit, combined with the charge, the follow through with the hands, and the fact that he sent Miller flying is what I think makes it worth the look that it is getting. Just because a goalie is outside of the crease does not make him a skater which you can deliver a body check on.
69.4 Contact Outside the Goal Crease
- If an attacking player initiates any contact with a goalkeeper, other than incidental contact, while the goalkeeper is outside his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.
A goalkeeper is not “fair game” just because he is outside the goal crease. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an attacking player makes unnecessary contact with the goalkeeper. However, incidental contact will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the puck outside his goal crease
provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such unnecessary contact.
When a goalkeeper has played the puck outside of his crease and is then prevented from returning to his crease area due to the deliberate actions of an attacking player, such player may be penalized for goalkeeper interference. Similarly, the goalkeeper may be penalized, if by his actions outside of his crease he deliberately interferes with an attacking player who is attempting to play the puck or an opponent."
It's not as if Miller just skated behind the net to stop the puck, and someone gave him a shove after he got rid of it which caused him to lose his balance and fall down...That is what I feel just a penalty is worth, but what happened with Lucic I feel deserves a look.
What bothers me is that you're technically right. The onus is on Lucic to realize what's going on and decide his next move based on the situation and that bums me the hell out.
The fact that Lucic has to play that loose puck differently because it's a goalie going out to meet the puck and not a defender really pisses me off.
Lucic can easily explain himself by saying his head was down the whole time racing to the puck and didn't see Miller until the last possible second and braced himself for impact and couldn't get out of the way in time.
Shanahan can choose to suspend Lucic but it would be completely based on the face Lucic had his head down and wasn't "surveying" the ice on his breakaway. Which would be asinine in my opinion.
There's also no way to pinpoint that this is when Miller got a concussion (if he has one) considering Seguin plowed into him a few minutes later thanks to his defenseman.
Hopefully this is nothing. I am going to start worrying about this league if there is a suspension though.
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