Dallas Stars Jamie Benn saw his goal wiped out by a Coach’s Challenge for goaltender interference during Tuesday’s game against the Blackhawks.
Benn had established his position at the side of the goal crease. As he attempted to deflect the puck, Benn appeared to lose his balance slightly. He pushed off against Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen, shoving the netminder across the crease. With Lankinen out of position, the additional space gave Benn more room to fire a rebound into the net.
Chicago head coach Jeremy Colliton challenged the goal. After review, it was disallowed.
From the NHL:
Video review determined that Dallas’ Jamie Benn impaired Chicago goaltender Kevin Lankinen’s ability to play his position in the crease prior to the puck entering the net.
The decision was made in accordance with Rule 69.1 which states, in part, that “Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal.”
Benn’s marker would have put the Stars up 2-0. Instead, Chicago rallied to tie the game ten minutes later, keeping Dallas off the board for the remainder of the game. The Blackhawks won the game 2-1 in overtime.
Chicago is 1-for-2 (50%) on Coach’s Challenges this season. They went 2-for-3 (66%) last season – 0-for-1 on interference and a perfect 2-for-2 for offside.
Referees for the game were Jake Brenk and Trevor Hanson. Linesmen were Kyle Flemington and Andrew Smith.