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NHL Goaltenders: The Untouchables?

Published by on April 22, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Last night, the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Jussi Jokinen deflected a shot from Dennis Seidenberg and past New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur with a mere 0.2 seconds left. Just seconds before, Jokinen bumped into Brodeur, who was outside of the crease. Brodeur protested to the referee's that he'd been interfered with and the goal should've been disallowed.

They disagreed.

The play calls into question the limits on goalie—opponent contact. Clearly, the rules state that a goaltender must not be interfered with in his domain. The blue wedge in front of the net, known as the crease, is a goaltender's castle and he is entitled to defend it against all those who break its walls.


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