That puck was never falling into the bench. That's why it was a penalty.
Even better reason to just let it fall in / let it stay in play. The point is, why lift your hand to grab it at all? It's not like he's at a Tigers game and is going to keep it. Why try to grab it at all? It is mindbendingly complex as to what must have gone through his head to make him reach out and grab it.
Dumb. Just dumb. He should be sitting tonight even if it wasn't a throw away game.
yeah but even still...How many times has a penalty been called on a play like that...Especially when they really couldn't see if it went over the line of the bench or not. And to wait that long just to get baby therrien a chance to complain before they even called it?
especially to make it a 5-on-3 in the third period in a game that had massive playoff implications for one team.
I'm honestly surprised they called a penalty on Smith rather than just have the faceoff.
Maybe just let the puck fall into the bench then and not let any of this BS happen in the first place? Maybe Brendan? Maybe?