I didn’t think it could get much weirder than the Blues’ wrong-lineup penalty. Then it did. Last night, the Kings scored a 4-on-4, first-period goal with Ryan Smyth in the penalty box for interference. As the Kings were celebrating, Smyth got an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty…from the box. How did it happen?
SMYTH: “He [the official] told me not to bang on the glass, because I was banging on it. I didn’t think mine was a call and I thought (a non-call) on Richie was a call. Through the glass, he said, `Don’t bang on the glass.’ And I just said, `Wake up.’ And that was it. That’s what I got. Can you believe that?”
Not particularly, no. I asked Smyth if he had ever received a penalty in a similar situation.
SMYTH: “Probably. Maybe not like that, though. Maybe a 10-minute misconduct. I can’t remember though.”