You know what’s always fun? Arguing about goalie interference calls.
(Tomas Holmstrom is glaring at us so hard right now.)
The Minnesota Wild seemed to score a tying goal in the waning minute of the third period vs. the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Instead, Charlie Coyle‘s tally was waved off, as it was ruled that Eric Staal prevented Calvin Pickard from making the save:
Here’s the official league explanation for the call, via the NHL’s Situation Room blog.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that the actions of Minnesota’s Eric Staal caused Colorado’s Erik Johnson to contact Calvin Pickard before the puck crossed the goal line, preventing Pickard from doing his job.
Staal, for one, disagrees, stating that Pickard was “way out” of the blue and in “terrible position,” according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo.
Ultimately, Pickard ended the game with a 32-save shutout, whether it was the right call or not.