Lightning Lose Go-Ahead Goal to Questionable Interference Call

The Tampa Bay Lightning are having a rough series.  Playing without their number one goaltender, they dropped the first two games at home.  Coming into Sunday night’s game, they’d led for just 3:34 of the 138:08 played so far in the series.

They looked to take the lead for the first time on Sunday night.  Only, the go-ahead goal didn’t count.  Referee Francis Charron immediately waved it off when the puck crossed the line.

After a quick conversation with the officiating crew, the call stood.  No goal.

via @myregularface

via @myregularface

Goaltender interference calls are not reviewable — yet — so no use in calling for a replay here.  Here’s the play:

There’s no question Tampa forward Alex Killorn was checked by Montreal’s David Desharnais, resulting in incidental contact with Price as he drove to the net. Had the puck gone in then, it should’ve rightly been waved off due to the contact.

Killorn ended up in the net.  Habs defenseman P.K. Subban decided to keep him there, blocking his exit.  When Killorn finally vacated the crease, Price – in the process of establishing position – lunged at the forward. In doing so, he took himself out of position to make the next save.

Had Price simply reset in his crease, no further contact with Killorn would’ve happened and the Montreal netminder would have been unimpeded in making the save.

 

Was it the Right Call?

Former referee Kerry Fraser thinks so:

I’d be inclined to agree with Kerry, if not for the facts that Subban kept Killorn from leaving the net and Price appeared to try to go after Killorn (he missed, awkwardly ending up off-balance).

 

Time to Make Goaltender Interference Reviewable

It’s been discussed by the NHL General Managers before, and it’s certainly going to come back up.  This play will become the prime example of why goaltender intereference needs to be added to the list of plays eligible for video review.

If video replay ensures that the right call is made, perhaps it’s time to open it up to a few more plays.


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6 Comments

  1. “There’s no question Tampa forward Alex Killorn was checked by Montreal’s David Desharnais, resulting in incidental contact with Price as he drove to the net. Had the puck gone in then, it should’ve rightly been waved off due to the contact.”

    Huh? I don’t agree that Desharnais was the primary reason Killorn went into the goal like that because Killorn was hard charging the net and momentum carried him into the actual netting. But assuming Desharnais IS the main reason Killorn made contact with Price and ended up where he was, the hypothetical goal SHOULD count because it’s Desharnais’s fault he shoved an attacking player into his own goaltender.

    Goaltender interference needs to be reviewable yesterday.

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    • What i’d like to know is, who is the genius that continues to assign French Canadian referees to Montreal Canadien games? There is zero doubt in my mind that the likes of Marc Joannette, Francis Charron, Eric Furlatt, Francois St. Laurent and Frederick L’Ecuyer are anything but impartial. If i’d have told you 8 years ago that there was an NBA official betting on games in which he refereed you’d have laughed. I’m not suggesting for a minute that these guys are wagering on games in which they referee but i AM, 100% convinced that they consciously favour the Canadiens.

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      • If I understand correctly, no Ontarians should be at Toronto? No Californian in LA? Pretty sure that they do their job correctly either if they are near their hometown…

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        • I’ve been watching hockey for many years and i’ve come realizes its almost a given that if montreal is at home in a close game(tied or down by one) under 5 minutes it is almost a certainty that a penalty will be called on the visitor. its a fact not an opinion. French referees for some reason have a much tougher time leaving their emotions out of the game.

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          • Hey Stephen Johns, maybe you’ve been watching hockey for many years, but it seems like you’re the one who’s making decisions based on emotions. The numbers suggest that French refs in Montreal are, on average, tougher against the Canadiens than they are against other home teams around the league.

            Don’t you hate it when facts get in the way of a great theory?

  2. Greg, Montreal has a better win pct when a French referee is reffing in Montreal and don’t YOU hate it when the facts get in the way. Check it out, check out the win record when a French ref vs no French ref in Montreal. It is the fact of when and which calls are made. There is a huge difference between calling an obvious trip in the second period and allowing or disallowing a goal or as Stephen Johns said a call in the last five minutes of a close game. And can we see your facts you mention??

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