One of the Stanley Cup Final’s hot-button was tabled in a discussion of video replay today — though it didn’t gain the traction some expected.
Goalie interference is unlikely to be subjected to video replay moving forward, the NHL and NHLPA explained on Monday. Colin Campbell, the league’s VP of hockey ops, and the PA’s Mathieu Schneider both said there’s little optimism that goals that may have been scored on goalie interference will be allowed to go to video.
“If we go there, it’s going to be a very difficult review to make,” Campbell said, adding the league will learn more about the potential for video review following Wednesday’s GM meetings.
“If you’re going to go to video review in a given area, there’s the expectation of certainty,” Schneider added. “And it’s just not there.”
If anything, it sounds as though both the league and players’ association will look to try and fix the understanding of goalie interference and enforce it further on the ice, rather than have it analyzed in games by off-ice video officials.
Schneider says there was “a split room” on whether the Dwight King goal was goalie interference. He and Campbell say re-education is key.
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Campbell: “Perhaps it’s time to restate what goalie interference is, re-educate everyone.”
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Goalie interference was front-and-center in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles, when Kings forward Dwight King jostled Rangers goalie Henrik Lunqvist prior to tipping home L.A.s’ third goal of the game.
Here’s the incident in question:
Lundqvist was livid immediately following the goal and still displeased when speaking with reporters afterward.
“I’m extremely disappointed on that call or non-call,” an irate Lundqvist said. “They got to be consistent with that rule. We, in the second period get called for a penalty and the puck is not even there. They score a goal and I can’t even move.
“It’s extremely frustrating for them to get life like that. After that, it’s a different game. I don’t expect a penalty on the play but they need to blow the whistle. A goalie can’t move when you have a guy like that on top of you. It’s such an important play of that game.”
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, who replied “ask the NHL” when asked if he thought King interfered with Lundqvist, said on Monday he spoke with the league about the incident, but wasn’t revealing any details.
Q. Did you have any more communication with the League about the Dwight King goal?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah, I did. It will just be between me and the League.