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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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And the complete opposite happened in the Detroit vs panthers game. Interference called for a player standing way outside the crease and the goalie initiating contact with the player and then diving.

These need to be reviewed by replay. We have the technology and it’s the difference between goals and no goals. The wings panthers game was a tie game, so the disallow changed the outcome.

All scoring plays should be reviewed as it lowers the credibility of the league IMO.

Posted by ryst on 12/11/13 at 02:14 PM ET

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