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Ryan O’Reilly’s penalty-free season is no more

Mar 30, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

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Ryan O’Reilly no longer has a clean penalty record this season.

On Saturday night during the Colorado Avalanche’s 3-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks, O’Reilly picked up his first minor penalty of the season. After playing in 71 consecutive penalty-free games, he was sent off on a minor penalty for playing with a broken stick.

A what?

It’s true. Rule 10.3 of the NHL Rulebook says you cannot use a broken stick to play with and doing so can lead to a two-minute minor penalty. That’s just what happened to O’Reilly at 8:49 of the third period. Fortunately for him, his Avs teammates killed the penalty and went on to beat the Sharks.

As for his Lady Byng Trophy campaign, it likely rages on unless this first penalty was the gateway drug to becoming a goon.

  1. einjzmolf - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Seguin should win the Lady Byng.

  2. cjnbsc - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Playing with a broken stick has to be the least violent penalty there is, since too many men is a bench minor.

  3. capspats - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Seems kinda stupid, but it makes sense cause the broken piece could be really sharp

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    It’s time to banish no-skill goons like him from the game before they ruin it completely!!!!! (Sorry, my caps-lock key is being repaired.)

  5. slysipops - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    CHECK OUT THIS PENALTY……………….–beer-toast–peace-sign-and-no-punches-173918320.html

  6. jernster21 - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    The silly thing about this penalty was that he didn’t actually play the puck WITH the broken stick – he held onto the broken stick while he played the puck by kicking it with his skate.

  7. djshnooks - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Doesn’t matter how he played the puck though…it’s the fact the broken stick was in his hand at all. That’s the penalty.

  8. imleftcoast - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    You immediately have to drop a broken stick so no one gets poked with it inadvertently. Really impressive to go that many games without a penalty. I’m happy to make it a game without a penalty, but that’s beer league.

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