The original rule was that the player couldnt come to a complete stop, which in this case Briere clearly does, then they come back and say no its the puck that needs to come to a complete stop.
The player's motion is what should be key, and the puck second. Especially since he temporarily blinded Moose with that snowstorm when he stopped. Wasn't their ruling last year about Kovy's mishandling of a shot basically that he lost control of the puck and forfeited his shot? The league can't make up their minds where to draw the line on shots like this. Another reason it's a terrible way to end a close game. (not interested in the 'crowd-pleasing' entertainment value they note from shootouts)
Yes, they keep waffling on it, basically because someone makes some great move that wows the crowd, like Crosby's acrobatics, or someone else's spin-o-rama and then there's this huge outcry when a 'skill' play like that isn't allowed. So when they do allow it, it leads to $h!t like this.
It's like, has anyone ever seen a game won on an empty net goal - when the scoring player flips the puck up on the blade of his stick and just carries it into the goal without it touching the ice in between? no, and it would be a freak thing if it ever happened - and lousy on the part of the defense for not at least being in position to knock the puck right off the stick. BUT the one time it DOES happen, half the people will say "wow what a skilled play" and the other half would be calling foul, mostly on the grounds that it isn't a traditional hockey play, or that its 'unsportsmanlike showboating'
It's just the rules they think are so concrete are found later to have more holes in them than anyone imagined...
Edited by Legion15, 04 November 2011 - 12:23 PM.