Monday, January 17, 2011

The NHL's big Screwup of 2010-2011

Tim Connolly No-Goal 11-20-2010 at 1:10

The goal was eventually disallowed because Pominville knocked the puck out of the air with his glove over to Connolly.  I'm not debating that the goal shouldn't have counted because of the glove pass.  My issue is with the fact that the NHL deemed that aspect of the goal reviewable.  The officials need to catch that on the ice.

It sets a bad precedent, reviewing any aspect of a goal other than the action that puts it into the net.  If the NHL has said that passes for assists are reviewable (and in reviewing the above, they have), then where do you draw the line?  Do you start checking zone entries for offsides before every goal?  Do you follow the puck around for an entire sequence to see if there's a high stick?  What if the officials are watching a replay of a goal, and they see a defenseman get clobbered?  Can they take away the goal and assess a crosschecking penalty?

I guess the ends justify the means in the above case.  The call was correct, but the process to get there was awful.

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