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05-21-2013, 08:03 AM
Cat Herder
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Originally Posted by CordPara View Post
Why do I always hear fans complaining about EQUALIZING the penalty minutes?

Is there some kind of quota or rule that says two teams should get equal amounts of penalties?

The Pens are faster and spend much more time in the Ottawa zone. This makes perfect sense as to why they get more penalties called. Most penalties are taken in the offending team's defensive zone trying to stop scoring opportunities. The Pens have had WAY more scoring opportunities.

Am I wrong here? Why should there be a tendency to "even things out?" Why can't a penalty just be a penalty no matter who takes it and what time of the game it is, and no matter how many that team has already had called on it?

Hockey seems to be the only sport where people think the refs "should even things up" instead of just calling a penalty when a penalty occurs.

I am not advocating even up penalties.. I am saying that if it is a penalty for one team then it should be a penalty for the other team

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