In case you were wondering:
According to NHL rule 47.12 Nick Tarnasky should have been given a game misconduct when assessed an instigator penalty with 4:42 left in the third period of Wednesday's game with the Oilers. Instead, he erroneously was given a 10-minute misconduct, said Mike Murphy the NHL's senior vice president of hockey operations.
Okay, honest mistake by the refs, I guess. But the more interesting part of that scenario is that coach John Tortorella was not fined $10,000 and Tarnasky was not suspended. Here's why, but first some background:
Rule 47.12 states that players who are judged to have started a fight in the final five minutes of a period are to be given a two-minute instigator penalty, a five-minute fighting major and a game misconduct.
Rule 47.22 states that players so judged will be suspended one game and the coach fined $10,000. However, Rule 47.22 also states that such judgments are subject to review by the NHL's hockey operations department. Murphy said Thursday that director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, immediately reviewed the play and determined the fight was more or less spontaneous and it was obvious Tortorella had not sent Tarnasky on the ice to stir up trouble. Hence, Tarnasky was not suspended and Tortorella was not fined.
Murphy called Tarnasky's actions "part of the game'' and "a proper reaction by the Tampa player.'' The fight with Matt Green happened after Greene ran over Eric Perrin in the neutral zone. Tarnasky said he believed it was a "cheap shot'' and that Greene took "a little bit of liberty.''
"(Bleepin') right,'' Perrin said when asked if he appreciated Tarnasky's retaliation. "I was the first guy to over to him. That was solid.''
Tortorella also liked what he saw, saying of the two-minute penalty, "Those penalties you have to kill off.''