Twice during the Montreal Canadiens’ 2-1 victory over division rival Florida Panthers (yes, that sounds strange to me, too), the officials checked in with the War Room up in Toronto.
First Period, 7:01
From the NHL:
At 7:01 of the first period in the Panthers/Canadiens game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Florida net. The referee informed the Situation Room the he blew his whistle to stop play and assess a penalty to each team before the puck crossed the goal line. This is not a reviewable play therefore the call on the ice stands – no goal Montreal.
Intent to blow is not reviewable. If referee Eric Furlatt (#27) intended to blow the whistle, the play is dead – there’s nothing to review. When the referee actually blew the whistle is irrelevant. The official clearly waved off the goal on the ice at the time of the play, thinking the puck was covered. No goal, regardless of review.
Second Period, 0:23
From the NHL:
At 0:23 of the second period in the Panthers/Canadiens game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Florida net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Montreal forward Travis Moen made incidental contact with Florida goaltender Tim Thomas, preventing Thomas from doing his job in the crease. This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands – no penalty and no goal Montreal.
Once again, this is not reviewable. Referee Steve Kozari (#40) clearly waves off the goal on the ice, indicating to Moen that contact was made with the goaltender. Regardless of Toronto’s findings in their review, the goal would be waved off due to incidental contact. The War Room is not able to review for contact, merely whether the puck crossed the line.
Despite the two disallowed goals, the Habs still hung on to win the game 2-1.