Let me start with I hate Pronger, and the hand was clearly to obstruct the vision of the goalie, also he looked bush league just standing out there, Kipper was looking around him effectively and if he didn't stop to poke Pronger, would likely have stopped the shot.
Its where he clearly looks back to see if he is indeed screening Kipper with his hand.
The action of looking back shows that he is more intent on making sure he is blocking the goaltender's view, and not trying to deflect or play the puck.
If he was looking back to make sure he isn't in the crease, thats one thing, but he wasn't, i don't watch alot of Flyers games, but Pronger didn't look like Homer out there.
Current rules should have allowed this goal because of the facing language, but the loophole approach to the rules isn't the classy thing to do, so it's exactly what we should have expected from Pronger. I like finding a way to win, but I prefer talent over pee-wee tactics.
The rule should be changed to cover intentionally blocking the goalies view with your gloves or skates.
The key is intent, if they are looking back to check on the screen or obviously facing the goalie it should be called.
Screening because you are playing the puck, should be legal.
Thats my take on this, hate for it to happen to the Wings, but we have all come to expect those calls with Homer on the team.
Edited by Wingzman91, 27 November 2010 - 05:52 PM.