Well, the Lightning lost a heartbreaker last night to the Bruins. In the interest of the fans, the on-ice officiating crew decided to mar a great game tied in the third period between two first place teams with a penalty call that at best was questionable, and at worst, the worst call in the history of the Tampa Bay Lightning. I’ll let you decide:
So, let’s watch that again, with this in mind…
Contact made with the head? No.
Hit from behind? Nope.
Did the player crash awkwardly into the boards? Nah.
Was the hit shoulder to shoulder? Yep.
Did Campbell have the puck? Yes.
Did Stamkos leave his feet? No.
Did Stamkos take more than one stride? Nope.
What’s that? Boy, you’re right. Sounds like a legal hockey play to me! All right, so now that we’ve established that common, basic, league-wide hockey tasks are now apparently boarding, let’s take a look at what else the league might consider boarding.
- Winning a faceoff
- Losing a faceoff
- Blocking a shot
- Breaking your stick in the middle of a slap shot
- Wearing a hat as a backup goalie
- Having a game shown on Versus
- A poke-check
- Celebrating a goal
- Celebrating a win
- Jumping over the boards for a line change
- Calling a time-out
- Chewing your mouthguard
- Getting pulled after giving up too many goals
- Looking at the scoreboard to see how much time is left in the period
- Telling your goalie “nice save”
- Talking to the officials after a penalty
- Calling for the puck by yelling “Slot! Slot!”
- Goalies clearing the excess ice out of their crease
- Growing a mustache
- Hitting the post
- Hitting the crossbar
- Not playing for the Penguins or Capitals
- Giving interviews during the intermissions
- Chasing Sidney Crosby in the scoring race
Big thanks to Katie B for some ideas on this. She calls herself my wingman. Give her a follow.