Friday, November 26, 2010

Pronger's Interference Making 'Waves'

Friday night, with the Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary Flames knotted at two, and the Flyers on the power play in overtime, Chris Pronger was screening Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.  The Flyers thought they had scored the game winning goal off the stick of Mike Richards seconds later, but Pronger was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty due to his antics in front of the net.  With his back turned, Pronger waved his hand in front of Kiprusoff with similar intent to what Sean Avery did to Martin Brodeur in the 2008 NHL Playoffs.

Below is video of the Pronger incident, the Avery incident from 2008, and a very similar Brendan Shanahan play after Avery's which was not deemed to be a penalty.

Shanahan's act is closest to Prongers, so clearly they either blew the Shanahan call before, or blew the Pronger call Friday night.

Here's a copy of the Avery Rule : "An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty (Rule 75) will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender's face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play."

Here is the Philadelphia telecast's call of the controversial call.

You be the judge, did the referees get the call right or wrong?


  1. Terrible call. What is the NHL doing, making up rules on the fly? This affects everything down the road for playoffs etc. Give me a break! What do we do, wait three years for these rookie refs to learn the game and them start paying for tickets again?

  2. I agree it was a brutal call. It may be unsportsmanlike, but Kipper's slash was why he was out of position.