Last night, in the second period, Michael Del Zotto was called for slashing as part of the NHL’s plan to crack down on using that kind of slashing to slow down offensive players.
As Kennedy picked up the puck in the corner and started to skate up the boards, Del Zotto
Joe Micheletti said, “they weren’t much but they were on the arms and I think they let him get away with two but the third one was enough.”
In the third period, Brad Richards was penalized for smothering the puck with his hand.
Joe said “this is another one of the new rules. You can play the puck with your hand, but if you put your hand over the puck and then make a play, it is a penalty. That is a new rule this year.”
NHL.com says that the new rule says “a player is permitted to catch the puck out of the air, but must immediately place it or knock it down to the ice. If he catches it and skates with it, either to avoid a check or to gain a territorial advantage over his opponent, a minor penalty shall be assessed for closing his hand on the puck.”
They add “Richards was called for delay of game for smothering the puck under the addition to the rule, which mandates a minor penalty anytime a player places his hand over the puck while it is on the ice in order to conceal it from or prevent an opponent from playing the puck.”