When you’re going off on a line change, it’s important to stay out of the play. Instead, Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan opted to try to make one more play as he left the ice.
Ryan was called for interference on the play. Not surprising, since he was in plain view of the officials. Rule 56.2 makes it clear:
A minor penalty shall be imposed on any identifiable player on the players’ bench or penalty bench who, by means of his stick or his body, interferes with the movements of the puck or any opponent on the ice during the progress of the play. In addition, should a player about to come onto the ice, play the puck while one or both skates are still on the players’ or penalty bench, a minor penalty for interference shall be assessed.
This is not the kind of penalty you want to take in the final three minutes of a tied hockey game. Fortunately for the Senators and their fading payoff hopes, the Leafs weren’t able to convert on the power play. While Toronto went on to win in overtime, the Senators were able to salvage a loser point.
No thanks to Bobby Ryan, who was held off the scoresheet and gave the Leafs a terrific chance at a regulation win.