May 23, 2012, 11:10 PM EST
Whenever a seemingly arbitrary delay of game penalty is called, the Twitter rage boils over regarding “the NHL’s worst penalty.” I can understand that sentiment, but for my money, the goalie-inhibiting trapezoid is the poorest post-lockout tweak.
The rule was essentially made to curb the forecheck-killing skills of Martin Brodeur (and a few others), yet that hasn’t really come true. That doesn’t mean Brodeur is a fan of the innovation, however, and that point was likely cemented after Marian Gaborik gained at least a little bit of redemption with this odd goal:This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
Luckily for Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils, this clip is essentially a footnote as Ryan Carter scored the game-winner and they took Game 5 by a score of 5-3 and a 3-2 series lead. And if nothing else, maybe it gives Mike Smith a little comfort.
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head 154
- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller 98
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ 120
- Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks with non-displaced fracture in back 8
- Islanders players hold closed-door meeting after ninth straight loss 15
- Penguins’ Neal has phone hearing for knee on Bruins’ Marchand 90
- Shawn Thornton confirms hearing with NHL Department of Player Safety (Updated) 88
- Video: Penguins’ Neal knees Bruins’ Marchand 69
- Penguins announce Brooks Orpik ‘alert and conscious’ (Updated) 47
- Shawn Thornton: ‘People could probably criticize that I’m a little too honorable’ 78
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (182)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (154)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (128)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (120)
- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller (98)