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by George Malik on 04/07/11 at 03:21 PM ET
Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, the NHL’s at least going to make some tweaks so that notorious goal-deciding referee Dan O’Halloran and the rest of the NHL’s refs have better, ahem, visual data when making calls as to whether a puck actually crosses the line:
The NHL requires conclusive evidence to overrule the call on the ice and since the video support wasn’t there to do that, the call by O’Halloran on the ice was the determining factor. Camera angles, poor video quality and obstructed views have always plagued video review.
There have multiple proposals considered to improve this process, but the league seems focused on the nets and changes that can be introduced to increase visibility.
In addition to testing a thinner mesh on the top of the nets, the National Hockey League will also be changing the ribbon that essentially protects skates from hitting the base of the net. The existing ribbon that wraps around the base is white, but will be replaced this summer at the research and development camp by a clear band which will extend three feet back of the goal line from each post.
Reconfiguring the nets isn’t going to eliminate goal line controversies in the NHL, but the league hopes these subtle tweaks will help limit them.
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