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Video- Would You Have Called A Penalty On This Reilly Smith Goal?

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

There is no question that Reilly Smith was guilty of charging when he crashed into Roberto Luongo after the puck entered the net. The goal would stand since the puck crossed the line prior to the infraction but a minor penalty should have been assessed to Smith. 

Let me attempt to explain why the referee might not have reacted to the contact on Luongo and therefore did not call a penalty. From the ref's position (behind the goal line, on the same side of the net that Smith approached 'Lou') the referee was focused on multiple elements of this bang-bang play.

First, there was potential for a penalty shot to be called if a foul from behind had resulted once Christopher Tanev gave chase from his opposite-side defensive position. Tanev attacked from a back-side angle and made stick-to-stick contact with Smith just as the shot was being taken from outside the goal crease. Tanev then slid behind Smith making very light physical contact with the back of the Bruin player.

continued and watch the goal below...

To answer my own question, I think it was a good no-call.

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Those Goalie Interference Calls And No-Calls

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

The mail bag is loaded with questions as to how the Los Angeles Kings' third goal in their 6-0 win over Montreal on Tuesday could possibly have been allow to stand after Kyle Clifford backed into Habs goalie Carey Price deep in his goal crease. As my colleague Ray Ferraro said on the TSN broadcast, "Oh, I can't believe there are going to allow this goal...In my opinion, this is as 'goaltender interference penalty' as you'll find!"

I couldn't agree more with Ray's accurate assessment of this play.

What troubles me most, beyond the tremendous inconsistency we see in calling goalkeeper interference, is that Referee Kevin Pollock had an unobstructed view from a stationery position in the corner closest to Kyle Clifford and Carey Price. The clear sightline gained in advance by the referee, as the Kings attacked the Montreal goal, should have made it easy to wave off Alec Martinez's first goal of the season and assess a penalty to Clifford for goalkeeper interference!

continued and watch the goal below...

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The Jets And The Refs

from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The three most popular theories for this kind of night where it concerns the Jets are the following:

The officials simply had a bad night. It happens.

The officials feel it's easy to kick the Jets around since they are basically still the new kids of the NHL block. Nobody will mind all that much.

The officials have an intense dislike of Jets winger Evander Kane, who is rarely without an opinion or comment during the games, so Kane and his team just don't get the benefit of any doubt. One NHL official has privately expressed that sentiment to a Winnipeg reporter not that long ago but whether it's real or widespread can't really be verified.

All of that aside, Monday's incidents were more than interesting.

Calgary's Lance Bouma skated directly at Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien on a two-on-two and bowled him out of the way, an interference that provided Bouma's opening to score a short-handed goal.

The play became a virtual wash when Byfuglien scored a power-play goal a few seconds later.

In overtime, with the Jets a man short, Byfuglien was bopped and upended by Calgary goalie Reto Berra as he rounded the net. It was ignored.

And then at the end of overtime, Jets centre Bryan Little said all he did was shake his head at the officials. That earned him a misconduct and an important disqualification from the shootout.

more and you can watch the higlights of the game below via Sportsnet and the Bouma "interference" starts at the 1:00 mark...

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Evening Lines

Brought to you by the tweets of Damian Cox...

If that Kadri hit was a match, then the NHL rule book changed overnight. I'm ok if they want to call it that way, but never have before.

If Kadri just hauls off and punches him, it's a minor.  National Hypocrisy League.

Again, I'm cool with the call on Kadri if they want to call it that way from now on.  But they haven't and they won't.

But not a match penalty if you punch a guy into unconsciousness. Very sensible.

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Should Goalie Interference Be Reviewable?

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

The decision to disallow the goal was made exclusively by the Referee and independent of video review. The Situation Room informed Leggo the puck had entered the net. Referee Leggo then informed the hockey world that it had been done so through illegal means (incidental contact of the goalie) which he determined on the initial play and therefore the goal would not stand.

In this situation Referee Mike Leggo and the system currently in place performed to perfection. Like you Matt, I would prefer to see goalie interference become a reviewable offense; not to assess a penalty but to determine the legitimacy of a goal. I would also want the review to take place at ice level and performed by the Referee(s).  I am sure the Refs would welcome the opportunity to personally review the play through video and make the final determination at ice level. After all, that's what they get paid to do.

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If you missed the play, watch it here.

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Video- Stephen Walkom On What Was Discussed In The GM Meeting

VP and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom discussed some of the topics which were brought up in the GM meeting.

Things like how is hybrid-icing working, fights, use of video review and coach's challenge.

 

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

via CBC,

Coach's Corner: Leafs are Throwing Reimer 'to the wolves'"

Grapes says they're protecting Jonathan Bernier because they traded for him, 'but that's alright'.

Cherry also said the ref in the Emery fight did the right thing and a few more topics too.

Watch below...

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Intent To Blow Was The Right Call

Kerry Fraser of TSN discussed the San Jose no-goal...

I concede the optics of this slow decision was bad but Referee Leggo ultimately made the correct determination that the puck was sufficiently frozen by Ryan Miller. It would have been unfair to allow Tommy Wingles to unearth a frozen puck and jam it into the net. The net result was the Ref's intent to blow the play dead prior to the puck entering the net. A quicker whistle (or intent to blow the whistle) by the Referee would have eliminated any controversy on this play. Any discussion with the Situation Room would have only added to the confusion since the play could not be reviewed.

Right call made - poor execution!

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If you wish to review the call again, go here...

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The NHL Explains The Missed Goal From Last Night

Elliotte Friedman of CBC spoke with Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy today regarding the missed goal in San Jose last night.

The league views this under the prism of Rule 78.5 -- the world-famous "Intent to Blow." If the referee intends to blow his whistle to stop the play, that supersedes everything.

Here is what Murphy said:

"We have in a week two, three or four plays when the puck goes in the net as the whistle goes. What we look for is how strong a referee's signal is, how committed he is to his call.

"We don't want to undermine the referee... have people watching saying, 'See, see, see, they don't agree,' so before we put him on the headset we're looking to see how strong he is on his call."

The one thing that drives the NHL crazy about these things is people judging it in slow motion. You'd be better off sword-fighting a swarm of gnats, because technology makes that too simple, but Murphy and his co-workers do try to work through this stuff at real speed.

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Watch it here if you missed it...

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Afternoon Line

Once Emery quickly got the upper hand in this fight and Holtby was incapacitated I would have grabbed/tied up Emery's punching arm and slipped my chest and body in front of the Flyer fighter and skated him backward with my legs driving quickly and forcefully. I would immediately talk with the player to get his mind distracted and his adrenaline under control.

At no time when a player was taking a severe beating would I stand on the sidelines and allow it to happen without intervening, nor would I waive players away from coming to the aid of their teammate that was placed in a position of peril. I would assess the appropriate penalties that resulted from a third-man-in.

-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read much more on this topic.

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