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Kolzig Frustrated With Rules

I have paid close attention to goaltender interference while watching the NHL games this year, and I must say I have not seen much of it, but when it has occurred, it has been called. What I have seen is how difficult it is for a defenseman to move a player out from in front of the net. I wondered how a player like Holmstrom would do in the new NHL, and if the first few games are any indication, he will do just fine. Pre new NHL, Holmstrom would take an awful lot of abuse in front of the net, now he just skates to a spot a few inches in front of the crease, and basically sits there. from the Washington Post,
Late in Saturday's defeat, Kolzig had seen enough. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound goalie shoved Thrashers left wing Brad Larsen into the goal post after Larsen bumped him. Kolzig was assessed a minor penalty for roughing. "I was frustrated at that point," Kolzig said. "It was 5-1 or something. Five, six years ago, you couldn't put a skate lace in the crease. Now it's no holds barred. [Peter] Bondra was on top of me, Larsen ran into me, [Marc] Savard ran into me." Kolzig stopped short of saying the league has singled out goalies, but said he wants referees to crackdown on goalie interference with the same vigor as abolishing the game of obstruction.

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