Reefer2 wrote:Not to defend him but he only had 1 foot in the bench and one on the ice, does that consititute a line change? And Cherry, the reason Sedin got off the ice was because it was a line change and he would of been in trouble if he even touched a guy.
I admit it's a grey area but I think it would have been a lot less grey if Lucic charged 100 feet to get involved. I don't get why the lack of distance excuses it. And as I said it was still the correct call by the officials from a game management scenario and what it looked like to them. It's like that Edler goal against the WIngs, there is no way to actually know if the push was what caused Hansen to go down or not the only thing the refs sees at full speed is the contact and Hansen falling. IT's a good call given what he saw (it would also have been a good call to wave off the goal and call incidental contact...could have either way). There was no need for the league to come out and say the wrong call was made because they have no idea from a replay what caused the fall.
Every canucks on the ice even with it being 6 guys was on the ice legally as they were in the midst of a line change. Henrik was likely smart to be overly cautious but I don't there would have been an issue. IT is the reason they Downie off the hook.
I understand a 10 game suspension would be harsh to Lucic and I can't help but think the NHL had to rescind the game misconduct or suspend him for 10.