Sabres’ Steve Ott Licks Jeff Halpern’s Face (Video)
Thanks to Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott, you may soon be hearing something at NHL arenas that you never thought you’d hear…
“Two minutes for licking.”
Yes, licking. Nowhere in the NHL rulebook does it say you’re not allowed to lick another player, but that’s only because nobody ever tried…until last night.
The Montreal Canadiens stopped by Buffalo to see if they could pick up two easy points against the Sabres, who have pretty much already folded for the season. And while the Canadiens did end up winning in a 5-1 romp, clinching a playoff spot and staying atop the Northeast Division standings, the Sabres weren’t going to go down without a fight. They even tried some radical new distraction techniques—like when Steve Ott tried to lick the face of Jeff Halpern.
Take a look:
Like I said, technically, licking isn’t against the rules, unless you want to call it “roughing,” or maybe “instigation.” So I guess they’ll have to create a totally new one and call it the “Ott Rule,” or something.