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Crosby supports video review for puck-over-glass penalties

May 17, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

Marc-Edouard Vlasic‘s costly and controversial delay-of-game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass last night in Los Angeles has Sidney Crosby wondering if the NHL should make those calls video reviewable.

“I think we all cringe when we see one of those as a player,” the Penguins’ captain said today, per ESPN.

“I think a play like that maybe should be reviewable. It shouldn’t take that long. It obviously has a huge importance in a game. Should be able to see it pretty clear on a video review if that did clearly go over or hit a stick. I’ve seen a couple of those throughout the playoffs.”

We’re not sure if the call on Vlasic would’ve been overturned anyway, but if there’s one penalty that could be reviewable — if only because referees have no leeway when calling it — it’s the one for shooting the puck over the glass.

Whether that would open up a whole new can of worms — what about controversial offside calls? what about…? — is debatable.

So feel free to debate.

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  1. jpelle82 - May 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    if it wasnt a penalty then it wouldnt need review. make it like icing and be done with it.

  2. mianfr - May 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Rule created to prevent delaying the game… That’s why it’s a delay of game penalty. Don’t compound the issue.

    • nhloon - May 17, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Exactly, and everything is reviewable anyhow.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Yes! And also to protect the fans from injuries, and the league from potential law suits. Imagine if there were no rules and the pucks were being shot over the glass intentionally. There would be a lot of ambulance chasing lawyers.

  3. jjregan21 - May 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I like the idea of this being a reviewable penalty, because along with the new icing/change rules, it puts reasonable restraints on defenseman to keep the play alive. Review would take some of the burden off the refs

  4. nogoodtomedead - May 17, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Oh- well if Crosby supports it that changes everything……………………

    • spochiefsfan - May 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      I mean, kinda… only the most influential player in the game.
      You said it.

    • Kristenaux - May 18, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      And how would you feel if a player on *your* preferred team had said the same thing? Stop being petty & stay on topic? If you don’t like Crosby then start another dialogue, but he’s entitled to an opinion just as much as the rest of us. Personally, I hate the ruling anyway. If a goalie does it, then apply it, but it’s too hard to call fairly with the rest of the team.

  5. btlpper68 - May 17, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Couldn’t agree more other jpelle82 it’s a stupid penalty tags deciding hockey games u flip it over u can’t change

  6. ibieiniid - May 17, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Jason, I think where there’s a slippery slope argument to be made, somebody in opposition WILL open up that can of worms and make it. I like the point before that as slippery slope prevention: “We’re not sure if the call on Vlasic would’ve been overturned anyway, but if there’s one penalty that could be reviewable — if only because referees have no leeway when calling it — it’s the one for shooting the puck over the glass,” but I have a feeling SOMEBODY’s gonna come with the ol’ slippery slope to discount the idea.

    I’m for it personally, but the terms of video reviews are an entirely different argument

  7. bronxsanman - May 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    It is not a reviewable call yet genius,that’s the point.

  8. 19to77 - May 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Delay of game shouldn’t be mandatory, but discretion-based. The idea is that players used to do it to buy the team a breather – and they did, so fair enough, the NHL has a point there. Yet with a mandatory call, every accidental clearance off a stanchion, every time it goes off a stick or an arm, they’re all reduced to the same thing, even when they’re not intentional. Refs should be able to make a discretion call there, especially in key moments like last night. If they think it’s accidental, just prevent the team from changing – but don’t put them down a man unless you’re SURE it was meant to go over.

    • ibieiniid - May 17, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      they don’t call them when they know they went off stanchions, tipped off sticks, or arms.

      i agree accidental clean clears (if they feel the need to change the rule) should be not allowed to change… but when’s the last time you’ve seen somebody PURPOSEFULLY take what they know will be the delay of game penalty for a clear?

      • 19to77 - May 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        The last time it wasn’t a penalty to do so. I know, it might crack open that can of worms all over again. It’s not a perfect solution. Fair enough. But fans almost universally dislike the delay of game call being mandatory. There’s gotta be a better way.

      • imleftcoast - May 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        There should be discretion so that the penalty is limited to what it was written to prevent. The rule was written too broadly and it needs to be pared back to its original intent. I’d rather give the refs discretion than require video review. If it’s video, let’s give the coaches one review per game and leave it open to what they use it for.

  9. hy3rid28 - May 17, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    I heard Crosby also supports gay marriage and horse back riding. seriously who gives a s***. why is there an entire article on what crosby thinks

    • 19to77 - May 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      … because last night’s game involved a delay of game call that’s being debated by seemingly everyone, and his comments are directly relevant?

      Seriously, think a bit before you talk. You wouldn’t be complaining if the same comment had come from a different player.

      • hy3rid28 - May 17, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Directly relevant? You’re an idiot… He wasn’t involved in the play or even the game!!! Who cares what he thinks

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      We read so much crap from commenters here including you, that I don’t think It’s ill advised to write articles about what Crosby and other players think. So, before you call anyone an idiot you may want to think twice.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 17, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        Think twice? Val, you are assuming that someone whose command of the art of making a coherent, grown-up argument starts with name-calling can think even once. Someone so filled with disdain for one of the very best players of our era is not to be taken very seriously.

  10. sharksman - May 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    it would not have mattered because you cant really tell from that angle
    my heart says it went off carter but my eyes aren’t sure

    • ron05342 - May 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      Apparently, it was revealed earlier today that both the referee and linesman agreed it was a penalty. Looking at the video, I can’t say for sure one way or another. So video replay wouldn’t have worked anyway in this instance.

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