NHL: Two Minutes, Too Much?

Jabber HeadSenior Analyst IMay 7, 2009

One of the penalties I, along with many others, hate is rule 63 (delaying the game). More specifically, the part that talks about a player receiving a penalty for shooting the puck over the glass.

On one hand, I can see where the league is coming from. They donโ€™t want players deliberately shooting the puck over the glass to prevent scoring opportunities, and allow their team a chance to recuperate. But nothing is more deflating then seeing a guy whoโ€™s just trying to flip the puck down the ice, only to have it go over the glass.

The penalty? Two minutes, which may not sound like much, if you donโ€™t watch hockey. But for those who watch religiously, you know that it can be a tense two minutes, if your team was given the penalty.

So what's the solution?

Personally, I think it should be treated like an icing penalty, with the team whose penalized with the delay of game having to keep the same players on the ice, while the other team is free to switch lines if the want.

Or perhaps you set it up so that itโ€™s up to the refs discretion, if he thinks the delay was intentional or not. But two minutes for an accident is a bit too much, which is why it's so unpopular.

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