A minor penalty calls for the offending player to serve two minutes in the penalty box. His team will be short-handed for two minutes, meaning that his team will be down a skater for 5-on-4. This means that the other team is on a power play. The offender can only come back onto the ice once the penalty clock expires. The power play will immediately end, regardless of the time left on the clock, if a goal is scored.
A minor penalty differs from a major penalty in that the power play will last two minutes instead of five minutes. If a goal is scored on a power play from a minor penalty, the penalty clock will immediately expire. The player can come back onto the ice.
There are lots of penalties in ice hockey. A minor penalty is the least severe compared to other penalties in the sport. Here is a complete list of penalties in hockey. Here is a list of minor penalties in hockey with examples:
If a goal is made on a power play while a minor penalty is being served, the penalty clock will immediately expire and the offending player may return to the ice. The offending team returns to full-strength.