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Zach Werenski: Play should have been blown dead on Calvert injury

18 novembre 2019
Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets is chiming in on the controversy over whether referees should have blown the whistle when Colorado's Matt Calvert lay on the ice bleeding in a game against Vancouver. Werenski faced a similar situation in 2017 when referees let play continue after he took a puck to the face during a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, who scored the tying goal with Werenski laying on the ice in pain. Calvert was a member of the Blue Jackets at the time, and the two players were teammates through 2017-18

"Has to be blown down. This play has to stop," Werenski Tweeted, along with a video of the play from the Colorado-Vancouver game. He sent out another Tweet shortly after clarifying his stance.

"To clarify, this is a tough spot for the refs based on the rule, it puts them in a tough position and I’m sure they don’t want to see anyone hurt on the ice. Have to find a way to make it more clear in situations like this."

Under Rule 8.1 of the NHL rule book, officials aren't mandated to immediately blow a play dead when a player can't continue playing:
When a player is injured so that he cannot continue play or go to his bench, the play shall not be stopped until the injured player’s team has secured control of the puck. If the player’s team is in control of the puck at the time of injury, play shall be stopped immediately unless his team is in a scoring position.

In the case where it is obvious that a player has sustained a serious injury, the referee and/or linesman may stop the play immediately.
Down 4-2 Saturday night, the Canucks pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and scored, but only after Calvert took a puck to the head while awkwardly trying to block an Elias Pettersson shot. Calvert lay on the ice bleeding as the refs allowed the play to continue. Avalanche players and other were disgusted that officials chose not to stop the play.

"It's a f------ joke, said Avs defenseman Eric Johnson. "I just can't imagine another sport letting that happen. What if he laid there and died on the ice?"



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