A Major Problem: Reviewing Major Penalties in The NHL

December 27th, 2010 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
Sunday night, in a game between the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes, Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason found himself a few steps away from a dazed Mathieu Perreault, who had scored a Caps goal earlier in the game, and decided to give him a nudge.

In a series of split-second events, Perreault was spun around and then fell to the ice. The whistle was blown, Washington's medical staff came out on the rink and the cameras zoomed in to see a pool of blood under Perreault's face and his helmet visor lying several feet away.

After the Canadian-born center was escorted off to the locker room, the referee's discussion began. What had happened to Perreault? Was the hit legal?

While the conversation was ongoing, video replay showed that Gleason's contact had spun Perreault away from the boards rather than into them, but his stick had smashed against a glass support and snapped in two. As the upper part of the wooden rod spun around in mid-air, the sharp, shattered side deflected off Perreault's nose before dropping to the ice, immediately causing blood to gush from his nose.

However, the men who really mattered could see none of this. ...

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