There have been some bizarre penalties assessed this season. There have also been some bizarre non-calls. That being said, this series of calls/non-calls on Brad Staubitz really boggles my mind.
While being hooked from behind by Ben Eager, Staubitz carefully and patiently carries the puck up ice. Theo Peckham, a very large defenceman, sees Staubitz with his head down momentarily and tries to bury him. Upon being elbowed in the face while being hooked from behind, Staubitz buries Peckham in his own bench.
For his, albeit impressive, effort Staubitz received two minutes for roughing. I’m not entirely sure why given that he was following through on a defensive hit. Peckham got two for charging for trying to take Staubitz’s head off on the play so at what point was Staubitz the one being excessively rough?
You tell me.
I’ve never been entirely clear on what constitutes roughing in hockey. Lots of things are “rough” so at what point does it become roughing? I don’t know. I just disagree with Staubitz getting a penalty there.