Well, it will be interesting to see how the league reacts to last night’s Kings-Coyotes game, and the aftermath. Having seen the Martin Hanzal at least a dozen times now, I’m still trying — objectively — to figure out how this is a good goal, under the established rules for hitting a puck with a high stick. For those who haven’t seen the play, or want to see it a few more times, here it is. My story on the incident, centered around the reactions of Dean Lombardi and Terry Murray, is also linked.
After the game, Hanzal told The Associated Press, “It was really close. I was surprised they called it a goal. I thought it was going to be a high stick, but it is what it is and I’ll take whatever I can get. I had exactly the same thing called in Colorado before Christmas, but they didn’t count it.”