Preds lose in OT with that horrible call on Gaustad. We still had all the chances in the world to win in regulation but give Backstrom credit he made some nice saves. We still got a point though. Don't talk about not taking shots as we got plenty of shots this game and didn't convert.
The "can't touch the puck with your hand to win a faceoff" rule needs clarification. Gaustad's hand was on the stick when the puck was batted out of midair. Sadly, the nhl hasn't posted the new rule book yet so that change with full detail is inaccessible.
It all boils down to scoring 1 goal and that by a 4th liner. The game should have never went to OT thus no bad call. If the offense does not get better its going to make no difference. The goaltending and defense can't continue this every game.
Luckily the NHL official's webpage has the updates since the NHL site doesn't. The new rule is below:
"Both players facing-off are prohibited from batting the puck with their hand in an attempt to win the face-off. Any attempt by either center to win the face-off by batting the puck with their hand shall result in a minor penalty. This penalty shall be announced as “Minor Penalty for Delay of Game – Face-off Violation”. The two players involved in the actual face-off (the centers) are not permitted to play the puck with their hand without incurring a penalty under this rule until such time as a third player (from either team) has at least touched the puck. Once the face-off is deemed complete (and a winner of the face-off is clear) hand passes shall be enforced as per Rule 79. "
The reading of that rule indicates you cannot do anything that would be a handpass to win a faceoff. If that is the interpretation, then the penalty was a horrible call due to Gaustad keeping his hand on his stick throughout the face off. If the rule means the puck cannot bounce off a glove in the process of a faceoff, refs have missed numerous infractions to date this year.
Yep, at least we got a point tonight. A win tomorrow and this will all be somewhat forgotten.
A month from now however...it should be a good one...
Agreed. Time to forget the BS and move on to Chicago. It would've been good if we could have gotten two against a mid level team...but I'll gladly take a point on the road if we can somehow steal two at home against one of the hottest teams in the league.
I'm starting to really miss Hornqvist's net presence on the PP.