I was incensed at the charging call on Rinaldo. So I went to the rulebook to see what a charge really is as defined by the NHL. It immediately made me think of the Lucic hit on Miller. I'm not sure that either was really a charge, but certainly Lucic's more than Rinaldo's. It's clear there is a lot of leeway for the refs on a charging call. Just thought I'd share.
Rule 42 - Charging
42.1 Charging - A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.
Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A charge may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice.
A minor, major or a major and a game misconduct shall be imposed on a player who charges a goalkeeper while the goalkeeper is within his goal crease.
A goalkeeper is not fair game just because he is outside the goal crease area. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an opposing player makes unnecessary contact with a goalkeeper. However, incidental contact, at the discretion of the Referee, will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the puck outside his goal crease provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.
Posted on Nov 14, 2011, 8:58 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11