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Everybody knows hockey goalies are crazy. They have to be a bit unhinged to stand in front of a 100-mph slapshot. So you really don’t want to piss a goalie off.
New Jersey Devils winger Kyle Palmieri learned that lesson the hard way on Thursday night.
The Devils were in Montreal taking on the Canadiens. With 18 seconds left in the first period, Palmieri crashed into Habs netminder Carey Price during a scoring attempt, knocking the 2015 NHL MVP on his caboose.
Price didn’t think Palmieri made much of an effort to avoid making contact, so he got up and immediately started pummelling the kid with his blocker.
Take a look:
Since you’re probably wondering, yes, the NHL does have a rule about goalies using their blockers to beat people up. That rule states, “If, in the judgment of the referee, a goalkeeper uses his blocking glove to punch an opponent in the head or face in an attempt to or to deliberately injure an opponent, a match penalty must be assessed.”
Fortunately for Price, the referees apparently did not think that was an attempt to deliberately injure Palmieri. So instead of a game misconduct they hit him with a double minor for roughing.
After the game, Price told reporters that he was just sticking up for himself:
However, the NHL’s department of player safety might see it differently. I wouldn’t be surprised if they hit Price with a one-game suspension just to send a message.
Hat Tip – [Sportsnet]