Game #70: at Minnesota, 3/13 (7:00 PM, Fox Sports Southwest Plus, 1310 AM, 104.1 FM)
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03-14-2012, 01:17 AM
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No, the way the kneeing rule is written, the difference in major and minor is the "severity of infraction," or how egregiously a player stuck his knee out there, not how badly the player on the other end is hurt (though that certainly plays a subconscious role).
If the referee thinks the leg is out there as the guilty player is trying to make a legal hockey play that went awry (like in this case, Morrow's attempt to throw a bodycheck), then it's a trip or a kneeing minor. If he thinks the knee is out there cause the guy know he's going to get beat and does something illegal at the last minute to keep the guy from getting by him in a stupid, but not premeditated, reaction, it's a major plus a game misconduct. If it's a premeditated or really blatant attempt to injure, it's a match.
Morrow was attempting to make a hockey play and left his knee out in a dangerous location. Cullen saw him coming and tried to dance him (between him and Daley, IIRC), catching his leg on Morrow's knee on the way by rather than Morrow having the knee lined up on him all the way in. That's a classic kneeing or tripping minor.
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