« on: May 7, 2003, 11:12 AM »
Actually, the ducks play hideously boring, trapping hockey that sucks the life and joy out of the game. It wins, but it's tantamount to blasphemy.
As regards kicking or knocking the puck out of the air, well, kicking is a no-no, but it depends on whether there was forward motion of the foot or simply a deflection off the foot/skate. Redirecting with the stick in the air is allowed, so long as the contact with the stick is not above the waist. Tough call there and other goals in the playoffs of questionable nature have been allowed. One of the OT goals in the first round was allowed that was clearly a high stick.
Oh yeah, if you are watching US based hockey announcers, I'd have very little faith in their opinions. No offence, but they tend to be transplanted baseball guys that really don't understand the game very well (unless perhaps they are out of the traditional hockey grounds - MInnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan).