wasn;t that board a condition of having to have the rink built on the same day as a hoyas game? ridiculous notion that the caps used it to their advantage, there are horrible bounces countless times per year. How many times has a puck bounded off the glass and into the net when a goaltender was behind the net anticipating the play?
I've heard Mickey Redmond talk about the subject, and he said that in the old days, tweaking the boards was quite common....and was considered to be acceptable. According to the Mick...everyone did it....and in particular...the Habs.
Now...let's take this to the next level: is this any different than what we've seen in other sports?
I recall the Orioles whining about the length of the grass in the infield of Tiger Stadium in the early 1980's....which they said was done to help slow down the ball so the Tiger's slow infielders could get to more ground balls.
The Tigers were said to have taken out a few seats in right field in the 1950's to create what was called "Kaline's Corner"...an extra bit of field added to the foul area... done because Hall of Famer Al Kaline was so good that taking these seats out enabled him to catch an extra 15-20 foul balls a year. That's an extra 15-20 outs a year...sometimes in critical situations.
Whatsmore...teams in MLB have always been allowed to customize the size of their fields...no 2 are the same.
Is this unfair?
One thing in defence of the Rangers: with the boards tweaked, the Caps, by virtue of getting to shoot in the tweaked end twice (1st & 3rd period), have a decided advantage.