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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.
If you missed the play, watch it here.
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.
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.
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!
If you wish to review the call again, go here...
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.
Watch it here if you missed it...
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.
Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom joined NHL Live today to discuss a few topics in this almost eight minute video.
Topics include what he does in his position, an update on hybrid-icing, goalie interference, slashing and the consistency of the on-ice officials.
Today Scotty Bowman appeared on Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon (click the link, then click on Bowman's picture, the audio will start playing)....
Some of the topics Bowman discussed were the improved Lightning, then he started talking rules of the game with some excellent points including quoting Bobby Orr who said the "barriers" have been removed, making the game that much quicker. Also discussed the extra room behind the net and interference penalties. He also talked hybrid icing and a few more topics.
Probably the best hockey conversation I have heard this year. Find 11 minutes of free time and listen.
added 2:40pm, You can now listen/watch the Bowman discussion below...
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On how he expects hybrid icing to change the game:
Obviously we’ve played it for seven games. Is it going to change the game at all? No. It’s still a race, and there’s still offensive plays that the linesmen have to make the right call on, because the dot is the line now – the faceoff dot – but the top of the circle of the dot, where there’s a big change in who’s got gold, silver, right? There’s a big change in there.
Silver can be gold, as long as the linesmen make the call. It’s not a problem, but they’re going to have to blow the whistle sooner. They can’t make the call at the dot and then blow the whistle at the goal line. They’re going to have to make the call at the dot, and that’s the big difference in the game.
We’re doing it now, but it’s so much faster than any other league. They did it in Europe, well it’s basically that no one’s forechecking anyways. Defensemen didn’t come back. As soon as it’s shot down, they just go back. They don’t even come to the blue line in Europe. In the American League, it’s obviously a slower league when they tried it last year, and as soon as the lockout started, it was no more. And in junior hockey and any place where they do it, well, it’s a totally different skill set. It’s like a horse that’s two furlongs ahead, well, you could call that from the booth.
added 5:53pm, Bill Daly makes the announcement on NHL Live...
added 6:53pm, Official NHL/NHLPA release is below...
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