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by George Malik on 04/05/11 at 03:54 PM ET
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun answered several Red Wings’ fans questions regarding the almost-every-game frequent calls against Tomas Holmstrom and any other Red Wing who dares to venture within five feet of the goal crease, and he offered a…predictable answer from the NHL:
awsears25: Goalie interference calls are getting out of control. Nearly every time Tomas Holmstrom is screening the goalie and a goal is scored, it is called back for “goalie interference” even if Homer is out of the crease, has his position set and the goalie hits runs into him. Then, you get the calls like in the Toronto vs. Detroit game when Lupul falls on Howard and swipes the puck in and the goal counted. To quote Ken Daniels, the refs are “consistently inconsistent.” It seems like the real penalty is “No. 96 in front of the goal” when there is no interference.
prashanthiyer: Problem with officiating, Pierre. Last couple of games for the Red Wings have brought back to the surface the goaltender interference call that so often plagues Tomas Holmstrom and the Red Wings. In the Nashville game, the Wings had a goal disallowed despite the fact that Homer’s skates were outside of the crease and Pekka Rinne had space to make a goalie move. However, because Rinne embellished a slight bit of contact with Homer, the ref called a penalty and waved off the goal.
Same kind of deal on Sunday against Minnesota when Justin Abdelkader got pushed into the net, but managed to get out of the net and well outside of the crease before the puck went in, but they still called goalie interference. It seems that if the call is in question at all, the refs will disallow the goal. Has there been any propositions to have the disallowing of a goal by goaltender interference become a reviewable play?
My take: Thank you, awsears25 and Prashanthiyer (one of my favorite readers on the site). I was thinking the same thing Saturday afternoon when that goal was waived off. Now, one replay did seem to show Holmstrom perhaps slightly elbowing Rinne, but that’s not the point. Big picture, if I were a Wings fan, I would fear having good goals disallowed come playoff time because of Holmstrom’s reputation with the men in stripes.
As for adding this type of play to the list of things the Toronto war room can review, I relayed your question to a league source who responded with a “no.” He said the idea has actually been discussed by GMs; but, at the end of the day, the general feeling is there are two referees on the ice and the message to Holmstrom and any other attacking player is to be carefully around the crease.
With all due respect to Mr. LeBrun, what a joke, NHL, what an utter joke.
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