Carbonneau calls for NHL rule change
Canadiens coach suggests players be barred from shootout if penalized late in overtime
Take a penalty with two minutes or less remaining in overtime and you're prohibited from participating in an NHL shootout?
It'san ideabeing floated by Montreal Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau, who lost defenceman Francis Bouillon to a shoulder injury after he absorbed a hit from Pittsburgh's Sergei Gonchar with 1.6 seconds left inovertime Saturday night.
Gonchar was assessed a boarding penalty but was one of eight players used by Penguins coach Michel Therrien in the shootout, won by Montreal to secure a 4-3 victory.
Bouillon suffered an unspecified left shoulder injury and is listed as day-to-day.
"I think that makes sense," Carbonneau said in reference to penalizing players for infractions late in OT. "Now the general managers and these guys in the NHL have to figure it out."
The Canadiens did not call for any fine or suspension against Gonchar.
But Carbonneau compared it to the hit from behind on Boston's Patrice Bergeron on Saturday that earned a two-game suspension for Philadelphia defenceman Randy Jones. Bergeron is out with a concussion and a broken nose.
"With one second left in the game, that's as stupid as they come," said Carbonneau. "But sometimes you get frustrated. Something happens during the game. You can't control those things."
Bouillon's defence partner, Mark Streit, was on the ice when the Gonchar hit occurred.
"He made the play and got hit from behind," said Streit, who also feels penalized players shouldn't take part in shootouts. "He was very close to the boards — that's probably why it's not the same as what happened to Bergeron.
"But it was a hit from behind. You should respect your opponent more. That was a cheap shot."
With files from the Canadian Press