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Disaster Prevention

The QMJHL semi-final series between Baie-Comeau and Blainville-Boisbriand has taken yet another bizarre turn, and it's one that could impact professional hockey in some capacity going forward. 

In essence, Russian import Valentin Zykov scored the winning goal in overtime for Baie-Comeau in last night's pivotal Game 5.  The only problem is that he was clearly offside on the play:

“It’s so ridiculous. He's offside by two feet,” Blainville owner Joel Bouchard said after a heated, but fruitless, discussion with the referee on Friday. “The referee said his linesman has no doubts, that he made his call. (But) it wasn’t even close.”

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League agreed with Bouchard--the former NHL Player who filled in for (suspended) coach Jean-François Houle--saying it would institute video reviews for goals starting next season.

“The QMJHL has a very competent and passionate group of officials; because of the fast-paced nature of hockey sometimes things go unnoticed on the ice,” QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau said on Saturday. “It is for this reason that a technological aid will allow officials, during this type of situation, to make adjustments, if necessary, in order to make the right decision.”

It's hard to oppose the idea of allowing the use of video replay to review goals scored following controversial offside plays.  Granted, NHL referees are the cream of the crop, but even the best make mistakes from time-to-time.  Just imagine the chaos that would ensue if an overtime goal in Game 5 of a conference final were scored on an offside play. 

Referees and linesman are already under enough pressure.  If modern technology can be used to alleviate some of the stress by preventing a potential disaster, there should be no hesitation to do so.

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Tasca's Take is written by Joe Tasca. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe works as a broadcaster for seven radio stations in southern New England. Whether that's a testament to his on-air ability or because he has a desparate need for money is debatable.

Joe spends his summers playing golf, enjoying the beauty of Misquamicut Beach, and wining and dining girls who are easily awed by the mere presence of a radio personality. During the winter months, he can usually be found taking in a hockey game somewhere in North America. In the spring, he spends much of his time in botanical gardens tiptoeing through the tulips, while autumn is a time to frolic with his golden retrievers through piles of his neighbors’ leaves.

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