Sometimes, a team can sneak by with a brief too-many-men situation. Other times, an eagle-eyed official makes a quick count and blows an equally-quick whistle.
Every once in a while, a team makes it way too easy.
Take the Montreal Canadiens, who had a difficult time with this line change. A difficult time for each player on the ice and their respective replacements. That’s TEN Habs’ skaters on the ice.
Referees Eric Furlatt and Dean Morton weren’t going to let that slide.
The Habs, though, bailed themselves out. They were up 3-1 at the time. The club opted to send David Desharnais to the box to serve the penalty. Montreal killed it off, Desharnais returned to the ice, and — on the same shift — assisted on Plekanec’s goal that made it 4-1. The Habs went on to defeat the Canucks 5-2.