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Friedman: Referees will look to get goalie interference calls right

Mar 20, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

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By now you’ve probably noticed a distinct uptick in goalie interference calls during games. Either they’ve resulted in penalties or, at worst, they’ve caused goals to be disallowed. There’s fewer things more frustrating than seeing a player get shoved into a goalie or just stand too close to one and seeing cause a goal to be wiped away.

CBC’s Elliotte Friedman mentions during his great 30 thoughts column that you can expect to see the men in stripes try to do a better job of getting the call right from here on out.

Get ready to see more officials conferences after scores when there’s contact with the goalies. After the GM meetings, a memo was sent to all referees and linesman to consult with one another to make sure they get it right. For example, linesman will be allowed to tell referees if it should be no goal because there was a penalty on the play, even though they’re not allowed to call one. Just the same, if one of them sees a defender was responsible for pushing an attacker into the net, the goal can stand.

The amount of sense this all makes is immense. With the playoffs coming up and the added emphasis there’s been to pay attention to what happens in and around the goal, making sure the call is absolutely right is vital. The last thing anyone wants to see is a playoff game or series altered because of a bogus call around the crease.

This is where someone mentions something about 1999 and Brett Hull while Sabres fans throw their computer on the ground.

  1. quizguy66 - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    “The referees had no comment when asked if they were going to try to get other calls right as well.”


  2. hockinj25 - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Looks like Tomas Holmstrom won’t be scoring in the playoffs.

  3. rabidbillsfan - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    The trend seemed to start last night. The Bolts first goal on Miller could have been called GI, however the man in Millers grill was clearly engaged by Ehrhoff, so that was a proper non-call. It’s nice to know that cheap goals won’t decide games, but cheap power-plays probably will…

  4. elvispocomo - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    To bad someone forgot to tell the refs in the Van-Minny game last night: a goalie interference call on Hansen in the final 6 minutes when he made no contact at all with the goalie, it was Harding’s defenceman who swept his leg out from under him. Bad timing for an incorrect call since the Canucks were pressing in a 1-0 game, and the refs/linesmen even took time to discuss it afterwards.

    • funkdoobie09 - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      I’m A Wild fan and complete Homer and even I will admit that that GI call was terrible! However if you think the NHL can’t Ref a game just try watching the NBA and you will feel better.

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