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Kerry Fraser On The Bobby Ryan Face-Off Violation Penalty

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

I watched yesterday's Ottawa-Montreal game and was wondering what type of the rule the refs used when they assigned a penalty to Ottawa for cheating on the face-off?
Thank you very much. Always like your comments.

Rule 76.6 was imposed to penalize the Ottawa Senators for a second face-off violation committed by the same team during the same face-off at 8:34 of the second period. (There was actually three false face-offs on this stoppage.) To be perfectly candid, I was in complete and total shock when the penalty was assessed. Not because it is just one more rule in the book that fans believe the officials turn a blind eye to in the playoffs, but because of the procedure that was employed to conduct the face-offs during this stoppage of play.

Once the linesman grasps the puck in his hand, he is in full control of the face-off. As such, he should do everything within his power and ability to avoid enforcing this needless infraction. I'm quite certain that the two referees were counting the seconds tick down on the Sens bench minor penalty that was being served by Bobby Ryan. I can tell you without reservation that I was.

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Watch a gif of the penalty below...

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