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No Goal Call Goes Against Toronto

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The determinations have gotten more confusing. What’s obvious to one person doesn’t seem to be obvious to another. What’s supposed to be objective has turned out to be subjective. And this was never the intention of replay at any time, in any game.

The illogic of the coach’s challenge happened again on Monday night at the Air Canada Centre. Second period. Zach Hyman makes a terrific play for the Maple Leafs, beating Colorado defenceman Patrik Nemeth to a loose puck behind the Avalanche net. The puck then went from Hyman to William Nylander, who made a fine pass to Auston Matthews for the score.

This is the kind of goal hockey should be applauding. A tough play on a loose puck. Mike Babcock getting what he needs from Hyman. Nylander doing what he’s supposed to do — making a quick, perfect pass. Matthews finishing the way few others can.

Except, no goal.

It was deemed to be goaltender interference on the history major, Jonathan Bernier. You know it was contentious for the NHL officials to make a determination because they took an inordinate amount of time before making the wrong decision. The fans, already sensing something was wrong, began booing before there was a reason to boo.


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For the first time ever I agree with Steve Simmons.  Instant replay is ruining all sports.  Want to make sure the ball or puck crossed the line, fine.  That’s objective and binary.  Mistakes can be made when things happen fast.  The rest is subjective, even offsides which you wouldn’t think is subjective but somehow the NHL made it subjective.  The refs have too much influence over the outcome as is, and its getting out of control.  A subjective call just has to be made and left as such in the moment, you can’t create perfect legalese in the rule book to try to take that aspect out of the game.  Even the best laws require interpretation. 

Reviewable calls should be whether the puck crossed the line and if it was hit with a high stick.  That’s it.  No kicking, no goalie interference, no offsides.  If you think an infraction occurred, call it immediately, and move on.  If not, good goal, move on.

Posted by PMP5030 on 01/23/18 at 09:19 AM ET

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Posted by PMP5030 on 01/23/18 at 09:19 AM ET

Yep. I pretty much agree with all that.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 01/23/18 at 09:54 AM ET

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If that’s no goal, there’s going to be a decrease of scoring by about 30%.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/23/18 at 02:30 PM ET

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I disagree that instant replay is ruining sports. Especially on scoring plays, you gotta get the call right.

This call was not the right call.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/23/18 at 03:02 PM ET


I disagree that instant replay is ruining sports. Especially on scoring plays, you gotta get the call right.

This call was not the right call.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/23/18 at 03:02 PM ET

...on objective calls.  Major issue across the board is the rules being reviewed are subjective and open to interpretation.  I’m fine with “did the ball cross the goal line, were both feet in bounds, yes or no”.  I’m not okay with “did he make a football move and maintain possession after hitting the ground” or “could the goalie have made a play on the puck had there not been a player within his wingspan reach”.  Its open for interpretation and defeats the purpose of replay.  It also allows shelters the refs from having to make a definitive call on the ice or field because they know they can review it.

Posted by PMP5030 on 01/23/18 at 03:28 PM ET

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