Whenever a seemingly arbitrary delay of game penalty is called, the Twitter rage boils over regarding “the NHL’s worst penalty.” I can understand that sentiment, but for my money, the goalie-inhibiting trapezoid is the poorest post-lockout tweak.
The rule was essentially made to curb the forecheck-killing skills of Martin Brodeur (and a few others), yet that hasn’t really come true. That doesn’t mean Brodeur is a fan of the innovation, however, and that point was likely cemented after Marian Gaborik gained at least a little bit of redemption with this odd goal:This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
Luckily for Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils, this clip is essentially a footnote as Ryan Carter scored the game-winner and they took Game 5 by a score of 5-3 and a 3-2 series lead. And if nothing else, maybe it gives Mike Smith a little comfort.