NHL Penalty Shot: Changes Coming Soon?

Posted: 17th November 2009 by Jason Lempert in NHL
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I don't usually write about hockey, but I was watching a game the other night and one of the commentators made a rather interesting point. While on the powerplay, a player on one of the teams (I fail to remember which teams were playing) was tripped up on a breakaway.á A penalty shot was immediately called for. But why notálet the team about to haveáthe penalty shot chooseábetween taking the shot or having the defensive team lose a man to the sin bin? Think about it. For the sake of example, imagine a game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals (see picture above).á Now let's say that while on the powerplay, Mats Sundin (still a Leaf for this example)áis hooked or tripped up on a breakaway. A penalty shot is called. But what if the Leafs would prefer to have a 2- ...

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