Yeah and it's a Canadian source. Just like StL reporters say it's BS. So, with that logic of not playing the puck then the defender that raises the stick during offensive play is also guilty.
But hey, I'm a Rangers fan. Great year so far.
First, you're a Rangers fan, congrats. Sorry for lumping you in with the Blues fans.
But seriously, your argument is it's a Canadian source? Sorry, should I be verifying it on that vast American hockey network ESPN? Besides, TSN, the Toronto sports network as it is colloquially known has no great love for the Jets.
All that aside, Kerry Fraser? 30 year NHL referee? Reffed in thirteen Stanley Cup finals? Voted by the players as the fairest referee? Yeah, he's a Canadian on a Canadian site, what could he possibly know? Easy to brush aside.
aside I guess we always could have actually looked at rule 61.1 and read:
Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.
It's a downward motion, hence the 'chop' in the rule or the name of the infraction - slashing. Lifting a stick does not fit remotely into "that logic". You don't chop up, you don't slash up. Upward infractions get covered under high sticking. But that's probably a Canadian thing too. Should I pull out the stupid "American's don't know hockey" argument now and be equally condescending?
Cuz no way could American's, especially those based in St. Louis possibly be biased in a game they lost that they thought was going to be a cake walk.