yave1964 Posted February 8, 2014 Share Posted February 8, 2014 In the game last night between the Rangers and Penguins as time expired Malkin tripped a hapless Ranger drawing a two minute penalty and skated off with a smirk as he was assessed a meaningless two minute penalty. He was the third shooter for the Pens and scored their only shootout goal. Today in a game between the Jets and Blues the Blues were pressuring as time was running down and Jacob Trouba of Winnipeg slew footed Alex Pietrangelo to the ice essentially as time expired to prevent a 2-1 for the Blues. Same thing, two minute penalty killing the clock and saving the day for his Jets (Who lost the shootout anyway). Something needs done about players knowing they can play with reckless abandoned in the final seconds of overtime knowing there is really no penalty for playing jailhouse justice hockey out there. One solution is to take the offender and not allow him to shoot in the first three for his club. Kind of the equivalent of a two minute penalty. Make it past the first three shooters and he can come back in, just as he would from a two minute penalty. But this does nothing to prevent a Trouba or a Jakub Kindl or Abdelkader who never appear in shootouts from having their way, so is it strong enough? My other suggestion would be to make the offending team who takes a penalty in the dying seconds of overtime lose a shooter. Start with one big red X where the first shooter would have been. Either of these options or a combination thereof would curtail the thuggery at the end of overtime. Anyone agree or disagree or have ideas of their own? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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