MASON RAYMOND caused quite a stir with his spin-o-rama shootout move Saturday night.
The Toronto Maple Leafs winger scored on Craig Anderson, and the Ottawa Senators and others weren't sure if it should have been a goal. The NHL put out a story on its website clarifying the situation Sunday.
Talk over the summer surfaced as general managers recommended making the 360-degree spin-o-rama illegal in shootouts, and it was approved by the board of governors. The NHLPA executive board did not give it the go-ahead, something Senators captain Jason Spezza was aware of in the wake of the Raymond controversy.
Ottawa coach Paul MacLean described a conference call he was on with GM Bryan Murray and their counterparts around the league in which the participants were told a spin-o-rama attempt "would be seriously reviewed and you're taking a chance that it would be an illegal play and the goal would be disallowed."
That call happened Sept. 30, according to NHL executive vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell.
"What I said to the managers on our call, to managers and coaches, to make sure to inform the players that if they do try this move that we will be examining it closely and they could very well have a goal taken back," Campbell said, as quoted by the league's site. "It could happen if 1) there is interference on the goaltender or 2) the puck stops completely or 3) their motion stops completely and/or reverses."
MacLean explained he thought Raymond came to a full stop and the puck went backwards before going forward towards the net. Officials told the Senators the goal counted because the puck was always moving forward.
The NHL rule book states in section 24.2: "The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360 (degree) turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion. However, should the puck come to a complete stop at any time during the shot attempt, the shot shall be stopped and no goal will be the result."
There was a brief delay after Raymond's shootout goal as it was looked at but nothing more came of it.
-- The Canadian Press