Referee Dan O’Halloran gives a terrific explanation to Tampa Bay center Brian Boyle on a Too Many Men call against the Lightning.
Boyle: “Hey, Danny [O’Halloran], I just couldn’t open the door!”
O’Halloran: “If I see the guy that you replaced, though, which is your forward guy, and you’re still on the ice there, and he plays the [Rangers] guy here with his stick… If he doesn’t play the guy, play on, because you’re within five feet. The five feet rule isn’t applicable once he plays the guy.”
(Stick tap to Chris Peters of CBS Sports on catching this one first)