16:19 into the first period of the Habs-Devils game, New Jersey center Adam Henrique scored after bowling over Carey Price in the crease. Surely, Price thought, the officials would disallow the goal upon replay for goalie interference.
Instead, on-ice officials maintained that the goal was good. Price would later take matters into his own hands.
With 17.8 seconds remaining in the period, Devils forward Kyle Palmieri made the very bad mistake of taking the puck strong to the net. Price got bowled over again and this time he only saw red.
Please put this song on while reading the rest of the article for added effect.
As defenseman Jeff Petry held Palmieri down, Price delivered a punch to the back of Palmieri’s head and then landed three straight kidney shots with his right blocker. Connor McGregor would give this ground and pound two bloody thumbs up.
Okay, now just the punches because who doesn’t love goalie violence?
The next time someone asks you why they should like hockey, just show them these GIFs and tell them that the angry goalie assaulting that guy in the fetal position only got a double minor for roughing.
Might I add, this all happened about a foot away from referee Garrett Rank who just stood there and watched the whole thing.
After the game, Price spoke about how goalies aren’t protected enough.
“It seems to be the nature of the league: go to the net, run the goalie over, and score a goal,” Price said to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels. “You just gotta stick up for yourself every once in a while.”
“There’s no penalties being given,” Price continued. “A guy gets run over and there’s no more goalie interference calls. It just seems to only be called on a goal. That’s just my opinion of it.”
I agree with Price. Where are the penalties – such as the match penalty he should have been assessed because he punched a dude in the back of the head with his blocker.
51.3 Match Penalty – If, in the judgment of the Referee, a goalkeeper uses his blocking glove to punch an opponent in the head or face in an attempt to or to deliberately injure an opponent, a match penalty must be assessed.
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