Goalie interference calls are some of the most difficult for referees to make, so the NHL is considering expanding its video review process to help them out.
The general managers gathered for meetings Tuesday in Toronto, and video review was one of the topics discussed, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. Any changes wouldn’t come into effect until next season at the earliest.
Johnston also tweeted that three of the goals from the 2014 Stanley Cuo playoffs would have been overturned with video review, including two that played an important role in two series for the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings.
Two goals that NHL video would have disallowed were huge ones: Justin Williams vs SJ in Game 6 and Dwight King in Game 2 of Cup final.
Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 18, 2014
The Bruins have been victims of goalie interference calls that probably were incorrect. Two of them happened in Boston’s last two games.
B’s winger Daniel Paille scored a goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes that was disallowed because Gregory Campbell was called for goalie interference. Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward had enough room to make a save, though.
Bruins forward Matt Fraser scored in Tuesday night’s 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues by crashing the net and deflecting the puck off his chest and across the goal line. Fraser did make contact with Blues goalie Brian Elliott, but it’s hard to determine how much of a factor it played in Elliott not stopping the puck.
“You just got to hope and trust that (referees) make the right call from what they see,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said after Wednesday’s practice. “As a player, you can only control so much, so you just have confidence that they’re taught the right way and making the right call as far as that goes. And you hope that goals aren’t being taken away too much because a lot of the talk a lot of the time is how do we get more goals in the game.”
As a player who spends a lot of time in front of the net at even strength and the power play, Lucic must be aware of his surroundings when he’s close to the opposing goaltender.
“You have to be aware of it, definitely, and the good thing is, too, is that the refs will talk to you. If you’re in a position where they feel like they would wave it off, they’ll tell you ‘get out of the crease, you’re in the paint,’ then you look down and re-establish your feet, and you keep going. There is communication on the ice from the referees before anything could happen. They’re letting you know if you’re in a bad spot, and putting them in a bad spot to take the goal away.”
One way to correct the mistakes on these calls is to create a coach’s challenge. The problem with that is how would you penalize a team for a failed challenge, and would the time taken to review the play slow the game down too much.
The goal should be to get the call right, even if it adds a few more minutes to the overall game time. It’s not easy to make the correct call when the game is played at such a high speed, so it makes sense to give the referees some help.
Thumbnail photo via Carlos Osorio/Associated Press
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