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Tortorella wants end-of-game replays, hasn’t really thought it through

Feb 9, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

John Tortorella AP

Two days after his team was denied a last-second goal due to a controversial call, New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella said it might be time for the NHL to adopt late-game replays.

“We spend a lot of B.S. with the shootout and all these little gimmicks we have in our game,” Tortorella told reporters. “I think it’s more important to make sure we get the calls right in those situations.

“Now, have I thought the ramifications through? No.”

[This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode when Kramer's in the department store change room and decides to sell the clothes he's wearing to another customer, then realizes he's naked with nothing to put on. "I didn't think it through!"]

ANYWAY, back to hockey…

The Rangers thought they’d tied up Tuesday’s game with New Jersey when Ryan Callahan scored with 3.5 seconds left, but the goal was waved off because Marian Gaborik had crashed into Martin Brodeur:

Replays showed that Gaborik appeared to be pushed by Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov, but officials opted to whistle Gaborik for interference.

Tortorella was vehement in his objections from the Rangers bench, but declined to comment following the game. Guess he saved it all for today.

“I’m just speaking as far as what we experienced the other night, and maybe it does take a few extra seconds, but in the last minute of a game, you need to try and get that call right,” he said. “I’m not saying it was wrong. I’m just saying you’ve got to get it right.”

  1. ruddigervancity - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Initially I thought this was a terrible idea, because I was invisioning the mysterious “War Room” making non-objective decisions (i.e. beyond merely determining if a puck crosses the goal line, or whether it crosses before time expires). But if you used the NFL system and gave the referees the ability to review tape either on a coach’s challenge or during the last minute, it would probably work.

  2. firemarshal1 - Feb 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Coach Torts, you’re awesome. You have set of balls and guts. Your players will appreciate.

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