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Yeah, Pettersson Knew the Helmet Rule, ‘Heat of the Moment’

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Several facts are simultaneously true. Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson had a very good, borderline great series against the New York Rangers. The defenseman pushed the offense, protected his net, and looked like the defenseman the Penguins hoped they signed two years ago.

And Marcus Pettersson was put in a position to make an instantaneous decision, the results of which ultimately led to the New York Rangers’ late third period tying goal in Game 7.

“It stinks,” head coach Mike Sullivan said of the rule after Game 7.

The NHL rulebook forces a player without a helmet to leave the ice. The caveat is the player can finish the play or replace his helmet to remain on the ice. NHL rule section 9.6:

“A player on the ice whose helmet comes off during play shall be assessed a minor penalty if he does not exit the playing surface, or retrieve and replace his helmet properly on his head (with or without his chin strap fastened), within a reasonable period of time. It is reasonable if a player who is making a play on the puck or who is in the vicinity of the puck and engaged in the play at the time his helmet comes off, takes the opportunity to complete the play before either exiting the ice or retrieving and replacing his helmet.”

If the player doesn’t comply, it’s a minor penalty. Pettersson had his helmet pulled off by New York forward Alexis Lafreniere, but it was behind the play. Pettersson had to decide, nay, more like a react. Without thought, he had to find his lid or head for the bench.

“(Lafreniere) was falling, but in the heat of the moment–yeah–the rule is I probably could have put it on again,” Pettersson said. “But in the heat of the moment, I think I tried to get to the bench and get a change in. It was an unfortunate play.”

Ironic that the league cares more about the helmet than hits to squishy matter inside.

Pettersson had a solid Round One series. Paired with John Marino, Pettersson was on the ice for more goals-for, significantly more shot attempts-for, and posted an xGF above 60%.

Visually, Pettersson was strong on the blue line. He was able to join the play and create a bit of offense. In the regular season against the Rangers, Pettersson was occasionally swallowed by the Rangers forecheck. That really didn’t happen in the playoffs.

“I think the first half of the season was a lot better for me. I think I took a step back in the last month,” Pettersson admitted on break-up day. “But I think in the playoffs, I felt like I got my game back where I wanted to be. And so I think I want to take another step…the first half of the season was really good for me, and I want to build on that.”

Pettersson may have resurrected his standing with the Penguins. With a salary just above $4 million for three more seasons, but the GM who signed him is no longer in charge, Pettersson’s name was heavily used in trade speculation and salary-cap reduction moves last summer.

After a solid playoff series, he likely improved his stock with the Pittsburgh Penguins and around the NHL.

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Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
1 month ago

I saw him have an outstanding year.
Great in the playoffs. He really showed skill and heart. Way to go Marcus!

Aaron
Aaron
1 month ago

The rangers have become a pretty dirty team,sad how a few non call can ruin a great series. With Pitts net minder injuries, to hang in there and win the series if it weren’t for poor officiating. Funny how a grab gets a call in OT but its WWE by the rangers all series no calls, which is fine but call it the same for the Pens. Sid Gino Letang thx for the memories hope everyone stays, we could still get a cup.Rust come on back and kick some ranger ass next year special thx Lou

Aaron
Aaron
1 month ago

And this helmet rule wtf ,im sorry change the rule or blow the whistle stop play it was ripped off. Where’s the penalty,but I guess if they’re not gonna call the penalty in game 5 when sid gets elbowed by the jobber ripping a helmet won’t get one either. Good job pens the team effort was there sorry. Next year just keep scoring we can’t be too close the refs will steal it again

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

The guy needs a serious weight training program this offseason. He lacks upper-body strength and can be moved off spots and pucks easily. 6-3, 177 doesn’t cut it for a d-man who isn’t a great skater. 6-3, 195 should be the goal.

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Even the helmet rule illustrates what little regard the league has for safety. At the lower levels, players are not allowed to play with unfastened helmets for an obvious reason — they provide less protection and increase the health risk. If the league really cared about player safety. there would be an immediate stoppage of play when anyone loses a helmet. If the refs can’t decide whether a penalty is warranted on the play, then have the video people look at it.

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Jay95
Jay95
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

For once I agree with you. I understand that certain players would start losing their helmets on purpose. But, I think it’s pretty easy to implement a rule where, if the lost helmet benefits the team, it’s reviewable and that player can review a penalty, if not a misconduct, for intentionally jarring off their own helmet.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay95

Or there could be a penalty on a defender if he initiates the removal, as we saw in Game 7, or no penalty at all.

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Jack Mehoff
Jack Mehoff
1 month ago

The Rangers were the superior team. Thats why they won. Anything else is just Penguin Cope.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Mehoff

One Cup, 82 years. #1940

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Mehoff

The Rangers will not advance Superior team what games were you watching the are a dirty team and their coach is a douche bag

mstar80
mstar80
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Mehoff

Clever name jerkoff! Go troll on a Carolina message board.

Giskard
Giskard
1 month ago

What a stupid rule. If it is for player safety just blow the whistle, and if a player take off the helmet deliberately to stop the play, then he gets the 2 minutes penalty.

Bachinga
Bachinga
1 month ago

The helmet had nothing to do with the goal…

Eddie venturinoh
Eddie venturinoh
1 month ago

In the time Marcus was standing with his hands up, he instead could have grabbed his helmet and put it back on. Mental error . Marcus was holding up Lafraniere before the helmet came off so he wasn’t an angel there either. You are being a homer if you say the refs gave the series to the rangers. Teams that win the cup overcome bad situations . The pens mostly outplayed them but the rangers capitalized on their chances plus 3rd string goalie was too much to overcome. Don’t forget that There were two critical goal calls that went the… Read more »

robert perrella
robert perrella
1 month ago

the REAL STORY is that the penguins through out most of the series were playing louie domingue in goal ! louie is A “BACKUP” minor league goalie ! he goes down way too early,he is terrible on rebounds and any shot high on target has a better than 50% chance of going into the net ! for marcus pettersson he is a solid defenseman ! no team in the history of the NHL has won a series with a 3rd or 4th string goalie yet the penguins ALMOST DID THE IMPOSSIBLE ! if their is a scapegoat for game#7 it… Read more »

Ujn Hunter
1 month ago

For everyone calling for Petey to pick up his helmet and put it on… how many times have you seen any player that loses their helmet look around for it to pick it up and put it on? I can’t say that I’ve ever seen it happen… ever since this rule changed the player always skates to the bench to get another player on because it is the fastest/easiest thing to do.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Ujn Hunter

Seems more an issue he wasted time throwing his hands up vs either immediately skating for a change or grabbing his bucket. Also some folks were claiming he had to get off immediately when tje rule allows him reasonble time to change or get his helmet. Additionally, if he was involved in the play or in vicinity of play, the rules afford him ability to keep playing sans lid…

All that said I agree most players head gor the bench vs taking time locating helmet and then maybr fumbling about a bit to get it back on…

Ujn Hunter
1 month ago
Reply to  James

I suppose that might be the issue, but show me someone that gets their helmet ripped off their head and not throw their arms up and we’ll talk. 😉 Actually if you were a player that had your helmet ripped off and you don’t throw your arms up… something might be wrong with you. (Not you James, I appreciate your comment and agree that is probably what people’s issue is, I just don’t think it’s fair as he did what every single person would do if it was them).

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