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Morning Skate: NHL won't enter no-spin zone

Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:25 am
Edited on: March 17, 2011 11:00 am
You can understand why Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford immediately raised his stick in protest after Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis did his twirl between the circles and scored on a shootout last week. 

"It was pretty close," Crawford told's Jesse Rogers . "It looked like maybe he stopped for a second and then kept going. They think they made the right decision so we just have to live with it."

A player can stop during the shootout as long as the puck keeps moving forward. USA TODAY’s Kevin Allen reports that NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell will attempt to clarify that rule. 

"The hard part is interpreting the puck stopping and it will be interpreted by video review," Campbell said. "When we first introduced shootouts the challenge was they were new and we had a number of questions to answer. This is one of the last lingering questions, what's acceptable and what is not."

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The Pittsburgh contingent is not a fan of the spin. 

"It's about entertainment, I understand that," Pittsburgh general manager Ray Sherosaid. "But when I see Pavel Datsyuk on the shootout, he is probably the most entertaining player I've seen, and he's never done a spinorama."

In a week where (baby) steps were taken to limit concussions, this seems like a minor matter to fiddle with -- especially since shootouts are limited to the regular season. But for those teams competing for the last few slots in each conference, that extra point means something this time of year. 

EXPANDED REVIEW: Some general managers on the final day of their meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., expressed interest for video review of double minor  high-sticking calls, according to The Canadian Press
"We've had situations where on video review it's the other player's stick and it's a hard call on the ice," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior vice-president and director of hockey operations. "We said we can live with it for 82 games, but in the playoffs that's a pretty big turnaround if you get the wrong call. The referees have supported us on that, they would like some help on that.

"That's our plea in hockey operations." It appears the biggest issue to be worked out is whether a video review would be triggered by referees, a coach's challenge or automatically with every double minor for high-sticking assessed.

Toronto 3, Carolina 1  
Detroit 3, Washington 2  
Vancouver 4, Colorado 2
Anaheim 2, St. Louis 1
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Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2011 11:07 am

Morning Skate: NHL won't enter no-spin zone

If you really want to make it more entertaining - Make it a 5 minute period instead of 5 minute sudden death. If one team grabs the lead in OT, give the other team another chance to tie it before OT is over.
There is NOTHING more exciting (and I suppose dissappointing) then a last second game tying goal.

Even better how about a series of 5 minute over time periods. 5 on 5 first, then 4 on 4, then 3 on 3, then 2 on 2..

Seriously the shootout has done NOTHING but increase frustration levels. Hell some NJ Devil fan actually blamed the tie breaking rules for the Devils inability to fight their way back into a playoff spot. (as if their horrid record in the first 1/2 of the season should be ignored.)

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 4:54 pm

Morning Skate: NHL won't enter no-spin zone


Then the player on a shootout would not be able to move it backward at anytime. (ie. stick handle)

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 2:37 pm

Morning Skate: NHL won't enter no-spin zone

What is the problem with the puck being stationary or not advancing? Frequently when stickhandling the puck will be pulled backwards and many dekes are made pulling the puck backwards. If one of the two, the puck or the skater, is advancing, everything should be fine. It's only if you circle around for another approach or angle that they should blow the whistle.
That being said, the shootout shouldn't count in the standings at all and should be kept a skills competition for bragging rights or prizes. They should just as well base the game on a hand of poker between the coaches, since poker is on the sports networks for some reason this would be just as valid.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:17 pm

Morning Skate: NHL won't enter no-spin zone

What is the fuss about? The puck doesn't stop moving except to change direction. The only thing I see in this video Crawford committing too early and then being beaten by a good move. It's funny how the shootout was implemented to increase the 'entertainment' value for Americans who didn't understand the game as well as Canadians and now we have all these 'experts' who want to pick apart the one event that shouldn't be there to begin with. Get rid of the shootout and go to a 10 minute overtime. If you win you get the 2 points, if you lose you get nothing and if it stays tied you each get 1 point each.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 8:54 am

Morning Skate: NHL won't enter no-spin zone

Besides the spinorama part of it, the puck did not stop any longer then 60% of other shootout attempts
Then 60% should not be alolowed. The puck must continue to advance without stopping. It's very clear that the puck stopped moving.  

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 8:49 am

Morning Skate: NHL won't enter no-spin zone

I read first, watched second..

I expected to see something possibly illegal. I did not. Besides the spinorama part of it, the puck did not stop any longer then 60% of other shootout attempts- Where the player dekes and stops short to tuck into the exposed side created by the deke.
I bet if you eliminate the player from the video and leave the puck only, it would look exactly the same as one of those double dekes..

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