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02-22-2013, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Papaspud View Post
btw, it's technically not just 5 minutes for fighting. It's 5 minutes + a whistle. If the 5 expire, and the play keeps going without a break, the 2 combatants stay in the box. This is to ensure that they don't exit the box, and just start right back up. Any incidents that happen while the puck is not in play, ie: before the puck is dropped, garners extremely harsh discipline, so making them leave during a stoppage in play reduces the chances of it re-escalating.
If you are serving a penalty that does not put your team a man down you do not come out of the box until the next whistle. It doesn't matter if it's a minor, double-minor or major penalty.

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