Midway through the first period of their game against the Canucks, Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard tied up the game, blasting a shot past Vancouver netminder Eddie Lack.

No.  Scratch that.  No he didn’t.   The shot was a perfect one, but the goal didn’t count.

Referee Brad Meier waved it off, claiming goaltender interference by Minnesota’s Erik Haula.


There’s no point in asking about a video review.  Interference is the ref’s call on the ice, and not subject to confirmation by the NHL’s Situation Room. This was Meier’s call… and he blew it.

That’s the same Brad Meier who inspired protests in Moscow for waving off Fedor Tyutin’s go-ahead goal for Team Russia vs. USA.

At least in Sochi, he made the right call. Not so in Vancouver.  Haula doing a pirouette at the top of the crease does not constitute goaltender interference.  If the Canucks go on to win, we’ll be waiting for the protest banner. (Or, since they’re in Vancouver, maybe just flip over a car and set it on fire.)


Michael Russo of the Star Tribune caught up with NHL Officiating Supervisor and former NHL referee Mick McGeough, who was in attendance: