During the most recent NHL general manager’s meetings, one of the topics discussed was the ability of expanded review, as well as the ability for coaches to ‘challenge’ plays – as in football and most recently baseball.
In last night’s game, the eventual game-winner was scored on a controversial none-call by the referees. After Mikkel Boedker dropped the puck off, he charged the net – getting the attention of Florida Panthers’ defenseman Dylan Olsen.
Olsen and Boedker fought for position, which led the Phoenix Coyotes’ winger to crash into Roberto Luongo, leaving the net wide open. From there it was easy pickings for Antonie Vermette, who scored his 23rd goal of the season.
After the goal, Luongo was obviously livid about the no call from Boedker crashing into him – leading way to the goal. The refs originally went to review the play, however, goaltender interference is not a reviewable play.
A third period rally wasn’t able to tie the game, and the Panthers would end up losing the game on a goal sure to leave a sour taste in their mouth until the next time they play.
While the bad line change, to go along with two juicy rebounds allowed by Luongo could be held just as accountable – nonetheless what happened in the crease is what will be remembered the most.
I am all for expanded replay, just remember, no matter how much you want to blame a goal – which led to a loss – on one play, don’t forget there are usually more than one breakdown in a play that leads to a goal. The game-winner for the Coyotes happen to involve four – including the none called goaltender interference.
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