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Jose Theodore and the laser pointer

As if there weren't enough other things going on Thursday night, there was also a weird green light splotch that kept circling around Jose Theodore's mask with less than a minute left in the third period. The speculation was that someone was trying to fry Theodore's eyes with a laser pointer; The Hockey Chronicles provides extensive details on the dangers of laser pointering someone's eye.

NHL security is reportedly looking into the incident.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2010; 8:14 AM ET
Categories:  Caps  
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It's NYC, what else do you expect from New Yorkers?

Actually, it was probably Avery from the bench!


Posted by: Section104 | February 5, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who would point a green laser pointer into another person's eyes -- regardless of why or who -- should go to jail. For a long time. It's incredibly dangerous, and anyone who'd do that should have the book thrown at them.

Posted by: yatesc1 | February 5, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Thats kinda funny, only because they weren't able to score, even with the help of that laser pointer.

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | February 5, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I say they make the rangers play 1 game in an empty stadium.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 5, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

This is really serious, and not the first case of this happening.

The NHL needs to create a crowd interference penalty and give the refs the ability to stop the game / review the tape if a goalie complains of laser interference.

Any goal scored within a few moments of laser interference should be washed out, and a power play given to the team that was interfered with.

Posted by: gconrads | February 5, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I agree with gconrads.

I don't think there is a strong enough penalty you can throw at a club for this. Maybe even a forfeiture would be appropriate. It's at least the second time this has happened, and the league has to nip it in the bud now.

Posted by: LouLewis | February 5, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

"Lasers of all but the lowest powers can potentially be used as incapacitating weapons, through their ability to produce temporary or permanent vision loss in varying degrees when aimed at the eyes."

Posted by: rachel216 | February 5, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

NEVER let that idiot enter an NHL arena again.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 5, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The problem with creating a 'crowd interference penalty' is that if I were insane enough to try it, I could go to, say, a Caps@Pens game, put on a Pens jersey, and point a laser pointer in the general direction of the Caps goalie. Refs see dude in Pens jersey tormenting Caps player, give penalty to the Pens.

I prefer the notion that when security/the refs/whoever sees someone pointing a laser pointer at a player, they should be taken outside the arena and SHOT IN THE FACE.

Posted by: yatesc1 | February 5, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Gary Bettman admitted to being the one who was using the laser last night.

He didn't win the cup last year by following the rules.

Posted by: EckertA | February 5, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Anybody sitting behind Theo could have, and should have, seen the beam. The goal-judge certainly should have seen it. If it was the same kind of laser used in some pen-like devices, you'd think there would be a visible streak of light. This is scary. The Caps must provide this tape to Bettman.
NY...ugh!! and the worst part of it is that NY is full of NYers !!!

Posted by: scmonty1 | February 5, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I do not believe they actually have goal judges in most if any NHL arenas anymore so that would not matter. Clearly disallow any goal scored because of a laser or similar fan based device.

Posted by: rbluesw | February 5, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Anyone remember what year it was when someone at MSG threw a puck out of the stands while play was in action and the puck went into the opposing teams goal; causing the Rangers to celebrate?

Posted by: colezig37 | February 5, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

New Dork d-bags.

Posted by: zosodave | February 5, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

That's a big laser.

Posted by: sitruc | February 7, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Hahaha " Looking into the situation" there probebly not looking into the situatin.

Posted by: Dlewis10 | February 7, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

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