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What Exactly Happened When Perron, Marchessault, And van Riemsdyk Were In The Box

Don’t yell at these guys. They got it right. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Early in the 3rd period of tonight’s game David Perron and Trevor van Riemsdyk got in a little scuffle in the Golden Knights attacking zone. It then spilled over into the neutral zone where the play was eventually stopped and penalties were dolled out. Here’s exactly what went down, and why the penalties were served as they were.

Both Perron and van Riemsdyk were assessed with two minute minors for roughing. Perron was also assessed an extra 2 minutes, also for roughing.

So, because the penalties resulted in a two minute power play for the Hurricanes, an extra player had to go into the box to serve the two minutes of power play time. That player was Marchessault. The game was to continue in a standard 5-on-4 power play.

When the power play ended, only Marchessault should have been let out of the box. Van Riemsdyk had to remain in the box until the two minutes had elapsed and there was a stoppage of play, otherwise, Carolina would have had too many men on the ice.

When the two minutes elapsed, Marchessault was not properly allowed exit the box, however, the puck hit the netting in the Golden Knights zone, so there was no impact on the play.

Due to the stoppage, van Riemsdyk was also allowed out of the box at that time. The game was to then continue at 5-on-5.

Perron, having drawn a four minute penalty, had to serve all four minutes of his time. Therefore, he was to remain in the box until the second 2 minutes had elapsed and there was a stoppage in play. Similar to van Riemsdyk, Perron could not exit on the fly during play because it would have caused the Golden Knights to have six men on the ice.

Here’s the rule from the official NHL rulebook…

19.1 – Coincidental Penalties – When coincident minor penalties or coincident minor penalties of equal duration are imposed against players of both teams, the penalized players shall all take their places on the penalty bench until the first stoppage of play following the expiry of their respective penalties. Immediate substitution shall be made for an equal number of minor penalties or coincident minor penalties of equal duration to each team so penalized and the penalties of the players for which substitutions have been made shall not be taken into account for the purpose of the delayed penalty rule. This rule only applies when at least one team is already serving a time penalty in the penalty box that causes them to be short-handed.

The key behind the entire situation is that power plays cannot be “pushed” to later in the game. If the penalties were simply served as they were handed out, the Hurricanes would have had to wait two minutes for their power play. The NHL does not push power plays, they are to be played immediately after the infraction. So, that’s why all the madness comes in and why extra guys are in the box, other guys can’t leave, and one team sort of served six minutes of penalty time.

No one scored, so who really cares. But that’s what happened.






  1. Ken

    What was screwed up about it was the official, who is supposed to know the rules and who is supposed to know who should be let out, reached over and stopped the box official from opening the door. The off ice officials were a joke tonight.

  2. Mark

    While I’ve been watching for 40 years now, I think This is a great piece for a newcomers to the NHL. Thanks guys.

    Going to the games, I have noticed that the off ice officials and scoreboard operators are struggling here in Vegas. Not just the hiccup with Marchessault, but last week with the goal horn against Anaheim, the double minor on Lindberg, and then even last night at the beginning of the penalty. I have never seen prior listing the penalties the way the did on the board. Most arenas just show the “Marchessault” one, so you know how the pp is going.

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