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Does Ken Hitchcock Have A Legitimate Complaint?

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock had plenty to say about that bad break at the end — Richards’ goal that came after teammate Jeff Carter popped up the back of the net with a hefty shove from behind. That jarred the positioning of Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, who stopped 37 of the Kings’ 40 shots Thursday.

“Carter pushed the back of the net, pushed Jaro’s foot off the post,” Hitchcock said. “Richards jammed it (inside) the post. ... I don’t know. They’ll have to explain that to you at the NHL level. Carter’s motion on the back of the net forced Jaro’s foot off the post ... it went in.”

The goal stood after a review.

“I’m not really sure what happened,” Richards said. “You just look at the puck and poke, poke, poke. I got a little bit lucky and just jammed it in.”

more and watch a video of the goal below...

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phillyd's avatar

Toronto was not having a good night. My question is is that even reviewable. I also think this is why they need to stop calling in and have the refs actually view monitors ringside. Let them look at the play and make the decision.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 03/29/13 at 09:58 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

I saw the play in question, and I agree with Hitch…when Carter pushed the net up, it pushed the goalie’s foot away from the post, allowing the goal.

Posted by w2j2 on 03/29/13 at 10:12 AM ET

Paul From Cali's avatar

Even if I agreed that it was a bad goal, which I don’t, how about the other 3 goals?  The net was back down on the ice when the puck went in.  Rule 78.5 states:

x) When the net becomes displaced accidentally. The goal frame is
considered to be displaced if either or both goal pegs are no longer in
their respective holes in the ice, or the net has come completely off
one or both pegs, prior to or as the puck enters the goal.

The goal didn’t come off either peg.  It didn’t affect the scoring of the goal at all.  If the net hadn’t moved and Richards simply poked at the puck and caused Halak’s foot to move and the puck went in it would have been a good goal.  No difference here.

Stop whining about goals your team allows and find ways to prevent goals from scoring.

Posted by Paul From Cali on 03/29/13 at 11:30 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I don’t think pushing the net had anything to do with Halak’s skate coming off the post.  When he fell forward his momentum naturally pulled his legs forward.  You can see his right leg does the same as his left that was against the post.  Its just appears that the push was the cause since it happened at the same exact time.

The net push was BS though.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 03/29/13 at 01:50 PM ET

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