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Kerry Fraser On The Tootoo No-Goal

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

This potential goal was just one inch away from being placed under video review once Referee Dave Jackson deemed that the puck was struck with a high stick by Red Wing forward Drew Miller. Given the perspective that Jackson had on this play I can absolutely understand how he felt the puck was struck by the stick of Miller when in fact it was Dany Heatley's 'swinging glove' that made contact with the puck and caused it to travel toward the open corner of the Minnesota goal.

The 'gloved puck' was about to enter the net by virtue of its own momentum when Jordin Tootoo contacted the puck on the goal line and pushed it into the net with his stick. Since Tootoo touched the puck prior to it crossing the goal line, Referee Jackson deemed that a high stick pass violation had resulted and play would be stopped immediately, thereby nullifying the goal. An Officials decision made on a puck that has been passed to a teammate with a high stick cannot be placed under video review.

If on the other hand, had the puck crossed the goal line prior to being touched by Tootoo, video review could have been utilized to confirm or overturn Referee Jackson's initial call on the ice to disallow the goal. The Referee would have still waved the goal off thinking that Miller had put the puck directly into the net with a high stick but video review would overturn that decision with the knowledge that Miller did not make contact with the puck.


You can watch a slo-mo, ,zoomed-in video of the play here...

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Hockeytown Wax's avatar

like I said yesterday ... all goals should be reviewed by the warroom in TO.

if the ref. fuchs up then TO should call the arena and make the correction.

there should NOT be a certain criteria for reviews to kick in.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 03/21/13 at 07:57 PM ET


this is why a coaches challenge is needed.  It will help the integrity of the game.

Posted by akwingsfan on 03/21/13 at 09:49 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

if toronto looks at everything, a coaches challenge isn’t necessary.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 03/21/13 at 11:49 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

I second the Coach’s Challenge rule idea.  I would have completely agreed with the war room had it been explained to the fans were that the call.  But to be left in the dark like that was enough to disenfranchise a guy who’s been watching the game for 25 years a little.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 03/22/13 at 12:37 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

This type of play is one of those things that a coach’s challenge, or simply expanding review, doesn’t really solve.

If the official thinks it was a “high stick pass” (for lack of a better term) and thus whistles (or is intending to whistle) the play dead, how can you review the play? What would be the conclusion of reviewing a high stick pass, only to find out it wasn’t a high stick?

Do you try to figure out via the video where every player was standing on the ice in that moment, make them take those positions, and drop the puck at the feet of the player that would’ve received the puck had it not been ruled a high stick?

I know that sounds utterly absurd… and that’s the point. It is absurd, and just not a feasible solution to a problem that really isn’t that big of an issue.

I know that specific to this play with Tootoo, it doesn’t sound like the official got his whistle off in time for any of the players to stop on the play, and being that it was bang/bang, there’s a decent common sense argument that Tootoo’s goal should’ve been allowed to stand.

But there’s just no way you can “legislate” this in the rules that wouldn’t result in A) additional and often unnecessary delays in the game and B) the official still making a totally subjective judgment call based on video instead of based on what was seen in real-time (or better said, in addition to what was seen in real-time). I think these things are both bad trade-offs, and the benefits don’t come anywhere close to outweighing them.

This is just one of those tough breaks that will happen occasionally, and if you’re a good team, you’ll move on and play hard and win games anyhow.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 03/22/13 at 07:02 AM ET

Figaro's avatar

I miss his hair.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/22/13 at 09:32 AM ET

WingsFaninCO's avatar

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 03/22/13 at 08:02 AM ET

My thoughts exactly.

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 03/22/13 at 10:20 AM ET

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