You see this here:
49.2 Goals – Kicking the puck shall be permitted in all zones. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who kicks a puck that deflects into the net off any player, goalkeeper or official.
A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player’s skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal. A puck that is directed into the net by an attacking player’s skate shall be a legitimate goal as long as no distinct kicking motion is evident. The following should clarify deflections following a kicked puck that enters the goal:
(i) A kicked puck that deflects off the body of any player of either team (including the goalkeeper) shall be ruled no goal.
(ii) A kicked puck that deflects off the stick of any player (excluding the goalkeeper’s stick) shall be ruled a good goal.
(iii) A goal will be allowed when an attacking player kicks the puck and the puck deflects off his own stick and then into the net.
Gobbledey gook, right? I mean you gotta go to rule 49.2 a (iii) to figure this out?
The rule is stupid. A puck can either go in off a skate, or not. Just decide. There is no reason to have a 5 paragraph rule, and no reason to have video replay to determine if the skate is “angled” vs “kicking” vs “braking” or whatever else. It’s trivial bullshit, and games are decided based on some moron getting all picayune about the nuances of kicking.
If you make it legal to kick it in, who cares? Go ahead kick it in. It’s not gonna be a “play” that guys work on. Sure, maybe some guys are gonna deke with the stick, pass it over to their own foot and try to catch the goalie going the wrong way, but who cares? Go ahead!
Or, make it so you can’t do it. If someone takes a point shot and it deflects off the offensive players skate, no goal. So what?
What it does is eliminate a dumb rule and a dumb analysis that isn’t necessary in what is a simple game.
The puck can or can not go in off your skate, DECIDE!
I bring it up only because it’s stupid and it cost the Duck an OT win last week when Ryan Getzlaf sorta side-stopped a kick at a puck. I say “side-stopped a kick” purposely because CLEARLY he was trying to bat it in with his skate, clearly he was in a slide-stop with the foot and clearly he moved his right skate rightward (?) to angle the puck in. No goal. Now was that a kick? Sorta. Sorta not. Who the fuck cares though! It went in off his foot, that should be the answer. It’s a goal or not. Change the rule idiots. Streamline the game, don’t complicate it. Will their be unjust results? YES. Are their unjust results now? YES. Just take the stupid ambiguity out of the game.