Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/12/05 at 01:30 AM ET
Montreal Canadiens star Jose Theodore is wondering when the NHL's crackdown on obstruction will make its way to the goal crease. "A couple of times they were in my crease and the refs didn't call it. They gave them some warnings, but they kept coming back in the crease. I think that's something the refs need to be really strict about." Theodore said that with the NHL telling officials not to allow defencemen to clear the front of their nets the way they used to - usually with a two-handed slash or a cross-check - that his crease has become increasingly popular with forwards he's not used to seeing there. "Before, some of the guys didn't want to go in front of the net and pay the price, but now you're not going to get that cross-check behind the legs or in the back because it's not allowed," Theodore said. "So for sure, there's some guys who didn't used to go in front of the net, but now they go."
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