NHL GMs could debate making playoff penalties carry over

Published May 30, 2012

NHL general managers at today's meeting in New York could debate a proposal to continue penalties during the playoffs from one game to the next. The idea is to eliminate some of the shenanigans and cheap shots that can occur late in games, especially blowouts.

"It would clean a lot of that stuff up," NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan told Yahoo Sports, "but you'd need to clean up every detail."

The only certain detail is penalties that have not run out by game's end would continue at the start of the next.

"For certain penalties I think it's worthy of discussion," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said, especially those for "unnecessary violence" such as roughing and slashing.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder, out for four months with a blood clot in his lower left leg, was cleared to play in the Stanley Cup final, which starts tonight. … The Blackhawks agreed to a three-year contract extension with defenseman Johnny Oduya and a one-year extension for forward Jamal Mayers.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.