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NHL committee agrees with head-shot rule expansion

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 6:51 PM / News

Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) - The NHL's competition committee agrees with a recommendation to broaden the league's definition of illegal hits to the head.

The committee's decision Monday is the next step in expanding the scope of Rule 48, enacted last year to outlaw blindside head shots.

The NHL Players' Association also will consider the change, and the league's board of governors must approve any formal rule change June 21.

The expected change will allow referees to call penalties for any hit to the head on a defenseless player. The current rule specifies penalties on hits coming from the blind side.

A panel of former players including Brendan Shanahan and Rob Blake recommended the change, but said they don't support outlawing all hits to the head.

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You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York