With his team nursing a one-goal lead while killing a penalty, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen took a penalty of his own when he threw a piece of his broken stick in the direction of the puck and Montreal Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry.
The result of the play was a penalty shot awarded to Petry, who buried a glove-side goal that evened the game up at 4-4.
Montreal’s crucial penalty shot came as a result of Rule 53, which states that, “When any member of the defending Team … throws or shoots any part of a stick or any other object at the puck or puck carrier in his defending zone” a penalty shot can be granted by the referee.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman provided the full excerpt on the rule:
I’m told this is Rule 53 now, and showed a Rule Book from Cyclone Taylor’s era
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 6, 2019
The Canadiens and Maple Leafs each scored another goal apiece to send the game to overtime.