Here’s a question:
Why is kicking the puck in the net illegal anyways? For safety?
Here’s a proposal that may eliminate those extremely tiresome 5 minute goal reviews when a puck goes in off a skate:
Always allow goals that go in off a players skate regardless if there’s a kicking motion as long as the puck is on the ice. If a player kicks an airborne puck in the net, it’s disallowed. That will ensure that no one decides to drop kick a puck into the net endangering the goalie and the players around him with a flying skate. The game should be doing all it can to raise goal scoring and dismissing a goal just because it was kicked in seems regressive to me.
Players only kick a puck in the net by accident or out of desperation because their stick is tied up. The sheer difficulty of aiming and kicking a puck in the net with a skate will ensure that it’s only used as a last resort and won’t change the fabric of the game.
What do you think?