Friday, February 27, 2009

Should the NHL ban trick shots during shoot outs?

Last night Jason Blake scored a shoot out goal using a spinorama (see below) move that is supposed to be illegal but doesn't appear to be enforced. Early in the season Nikolai Hagman also scored on sort of a trick shot(see below). Some people feel that these moves make a mockery of the game, embarrass goalies and should be outlawed. But somehow I think fans like them. In fact it is addressed in the NHL rulebook (rule 25.2):

The puck must be kept in motion towards the opponent’s goal line and once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete.

The lacrosse-like move whereby the puck is picked up on the blade of the stick and “whipped” into the net shall be permitted provided the puck is not raised above the height of the shoulders at any time and when released, is not carried higher than the crossbar.

The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion.

So do you think that the NHL should outlaw trick shots during shoot outs?