If goal reviews in the NHL – and really any “challenge” process in sports – proves anything, it’s that there are times when you simply can’t make everyone happy.
With replays readily available online and with TV instant replay, fans can dissect missed calls – or calls they perceive as missed calls – as they fasten their tin foil hats.
So, the league decided to allow goals to be reviewed and … there are still plenty of people who are unhappy.
Take San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon, for instance. On Thursday, he had a goal disallowed, but he’s (allegedly) more steamed about the arduous eight-minute process to determine the no-goal.
“They obviously have to tweak a couple things,” Dillon said, according to the Mercury News. “Whether, hey, it’s a five-minute window. If you can’t find enough evidence in that five minutes, or that three minutes, which would be preferable for us players, instead of having your goalie sitting around. …
“It could be a big momentum shift if the call goes the opposite way, which it did. But it’s frustrating.”
If you’re the league, the instinct might be to reply with a mere ¯_(ツ)_/¯.
As Peter DeBoer notes in that same article, these are tough calls, and it’s important to get things right. Or as right as you can. We’re not ordering a Domino’s pizza here, right?
Anyway, check out the play in question and decide for yourself. And with no time limit.