Big question: What is the hardest rule to officiate in hockey? – ESPN

Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist was penalized for goaltender interference after crashing into Panthers goalie James Reimer on Oct. 14, but what constitutes a goalie violation isn’t always so clear-cut. 

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Emily KaplanESPN

Hockey is a remarkably fast-moving game — and it’s only getting quicker. Officiating that game in real time is no easy task.

“The refs are doing as good of a job as they possibly can,” Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson says. “I don’t think I could ref or do as good as job as they are, and I don’t think we give them enough credit for how difficult it is to make those decisions with the speed we’re going.”

The Arizona Coyotes were supposed to be much better than this. But a winless start through nine games has people scratching their heads as to what exactly is going on in the desert these days.

Kevin Bieska of the Anaheim Ducks dropped Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas with what might be the first recorded ‘Superman Punch’ in NHL history on Tuesday night.

Several teams find themselves in unfamiliar positions at either the top or the bottom of the standings. Should we plan the parade for the Devils or Golden Knights? Should we panic for the Rangers or Oilers?

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It still seems like some rules are more difficult to regulate than others. In the NFL, the catch rule has been a cause for debate for the past three years, as many players argue that rulings on the act of possession are both subjective and wildly inconsistent.

Before the season, asked several NHL stars to name the equivalent in hockey. What is the hardest — and perhaps the most subjective — rule for NHL refs to

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