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NHL approves rule penalizing unsuccessful offside challenge

Team will be assessed minor penalty if play leading to goal judged onside

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League's Board of Governors today approved a change to the Coach's Challenge Rule (Rule 78.7), which will provide for the assessment of a two-minute minor penalty for unsuccessful coach's challenges to alleged offside infractions leading to goals.

The penalty for the unsuccessful offside challenge replaces the loss of a team's timeout, which had been in place since the implementation of the Coach's Challenge in 2015. Under the revised rule, a team does not have to possess its timeout in order to issue a challenge on the particular play, nor will it forfeit its timeout in the event of an unsuccessful challenge.

Rule 78.7(b) now will read:

b) If the result of the challenge is that the play was on-side, the goal shall count and the team that issues the challenge shall be assessed a minor penalty for delaying the game

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