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Video: Penguins’ Sutter becomes first penalized by new rule

Jan 20, 2013, 9:11 PM EST

Brandon Sutter has accomplished an NHL first, but not one he’ll likely care to remember.

Sutter became the first player to receive a penalty for violating Rule 76.4, which went into effect this season, according to the NHL.com. Centers are no longer allowed to use their hands to win a faceoff until a third player touches the puck.

The Penguins forward did just that midway through the first period of their game against the New York Rangers:

Sutter was consequently given a two minutes for “delay of game – faceoff violation.” To make things worse for the Penguins, Simon Despres had just been assessed a penalty and the New York Rangers suddenly found themselves with a 5-on-3 advantage.

The Rangers’ Ryan Callahan capitalized on that power-play opportunity, but they are still down 4-1 after 40 minutes.

  1. Stiller43 - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Pens are hungry!

  2. sportsfan69 - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Somebody tell Rick Nash he needs to get out Witness Protection with his lack of scoring finish. Coach Torts, everybody has caught up to the Rangers system. It’s time for change, to predicable. Once again out coached.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      It’s two games, get a clue

  3. killerpgh - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Interesting part of that rule was that the clock goes back to the time before the face off. And since the Penguins just had a penalty called this penalties goes at the same time. Which helped out the Penguins when the Rangers scored on the 5 on 3 and they were allowed to pick what players comes out of the box. And they chose Sutter since he is on the top PK line. If the game clock didn’t go back then Sutter would have still been in the box and the 3rd pairing d-man would have came out.

  4. ironcity6pak - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Nash is a headhunter, whenever he’s on the ice I feel scared for the players. He’s looking for hits more then goals. Looks like teams have much more to fear besides 71 a d 87.

  5. jmillmac - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Forgive the confusion, but how does one use their hands to win a face off without it being a hand pass in the first place?

    • killerpgh - Jan 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Hand passes are legal in the defensive zone (as long as the hand pass in completed in the zone meaning a player can’t push the puck form the defensive zone with his hand to a teammate in the neutral zone).

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