Following Tuesday’s NHL general managers meetings in Toronto a couple rule changes were imposed.
In addition to the removal of the dry scrape, hockey operations now has the ability to immediately stop a game if a good goal is missed on the ice by both referees.
Under the old rules, the game would continue until a natural stoppage occurred and then a review would take place.
“We will stop play if there’s a… if a puck went into the net and we determined that goal was scored, we’ll stop play now,” said NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell. “We’ll call and say, ‘this goal was in’, we’re not going to let play go for a minute and a half. We’re stopping it. We’ll buzz. They’ll blow the horn.
“We had a situation this year already and a situation last year. When that happens… too much can happen after that play, we don’t want to deal with. A penalty could take place. You don’t want a penalty to stand and the goal is scored. That time is wiped out, that didn’t really happen, but it happened.”
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