Canadiens earn key penalty shot against Leafs after Kapanen throws broken stick

Watch as Jeff Petry is awarded a penalty shot after Kasperi Kapanen throws his broken stick at him.

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:

The Canadiens and Maple Leafs each scored another goal apiece to send the game to overtime.

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