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Review All Goal/Non-Goal Goalie Interference Calls?

The TSN Experts answer this question…

Is it time the NHL Situation Room was empowered to have the final word on all goal/non-goal calls related to goalie interference?

Darren Dreger: Yes. Above all else it protects the integrity of the on-ice officials. All good goals should count. There is too much at stake in the playoff races for a good goal to turn bad.

Marc Crawford: No. I coached and lived through the toe-in-the-crease era, all the fans remember that. The referees by and large get most of the calls right. Otherwise, if we did this we’d have four hour games. I am maybe in favour of one coach’s review.

Aaron Ward: Yes. The momentum of the game to the big picture of a team making the playoffs. Every point counts. We have the technology right now, somebody just has to take the initiative to do so. I’m pretty sure you’d have a lineup of Phoenix and Toronto supporting this initiative right now.

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Hey Marc Crawford, what does the toe-in-the-crease rule have to do with this?  In the rule they’re talking about, the toe in the crease wouldn’t be an automatic no-goal.  It would make it reviewable.  The problem with the old rule is that they weren’t reviewable.  THIS PROPOSED CHANGE WOULD HAVE FIXED THAT!

Seriously, how can you watch the Toronto/Pittsburgh highlights from last night and be against it?

Posted by Garth on 02/02/12 at 12:06 AM ET

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Marc Crawford: No. I coached and lived through the toe-in-the-crease era, all the fans remember that. The referees by and large get most of the calls right. Otherwise, if we did this we’d have four hour games. I am maybe in favour of one coach’s review.

What dumb logic.  I echo what Garth said: what does toe-in-the-crease have to do with this at all?

Also, if the refs get “most” calls right, then what do they have to worry about?  Most of the time the review will just concur with the ref, then, correct?  But it’s not those calls we’re worried about, it’s those other calls that the refs do not get correct.

It sounds like he’s settling for “well they get most correct so leave it.”  Why not try for getting ALL the calls correct, since it can determine the fate of a team in any game or the playoffs?

Posted by BuzzFledderjohn on 02/02/12 at 10:30 AM ET

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Yeah, it doesn’t seem like it should hardly slow the game down. How about rather than relying on Toronto, the replay booth in every arena is charged with reviewing all angles of each goal/no-goal call? Then they’d be prepared to make judgments as quickly as possible when a goal/no-goal that was truly in dispute came up.

Equip the refs with a small earpiece so the booth can tell them if they need to hold on.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/02/12 at 10:47 AM ET

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Why not try for getting ALL the calls correct

Exactly!  Nobody is saying that the refs get all calls wrong.  If that was the case then the solution wouldn’t be video review, the solution would be either retraining the refs to get most of the calls right or to get new refs.

If they get most of the calls right, what’s the problem with trying to help all calls be gotten right?

How about rather than relying on Toronto

Even if you decide to rely on Toronto, go to a commercial after a goal and by the time you’re back they can have a decision.

And let’s face it, this isn’t the case of a super-slomo HD zoom from fifty different angles, “did it or didn’t it cross the line and is there enough evidence to overturn the call”, it’s “holy shit, the Penguins player ran into his own goalie, that’s a good goal” and “ok he was/wasn’t pushed into the goalie”.

Posted by Garth on 02/02/12 at 11:16 AM ET

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