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One Questionable Play Addressed

National Hockey League Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom tonight released the following statement pertaining to a play with 4.1 seconds remaining in the first period of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final:
“With a delayed penalty about to be called by the back referee (Bill McCreary) for a high stick by Edmonton player Ethan Moreau, Oilers' defenseman Steve Staios deliberately bats the puck in the crease, which constitutes control and the play is considered dead. Referee Watson, who was unaware that a delayed penalty was being called, was waiting for a play that would constitute a normal stoppage. Batting the puck by a player in the defensive zone does not constitute a stoppage. Referee Watson stopped play when the Oilers' player covered the puck. He was then informed by Referee McCreary of the delayed penalty, which required play to be stopped at the moment when control was achieved by the batting of the puck by Staios.”

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