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Former ref would have allowed non-goal that drove Boudreau mad

Mar 26, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

In the grand scheme of things, the Anaheim Ducks are so far out of the West playoff picture that a disallowed goal against the Boston Bruins mattered most in that it absolutely drove Bruce Boudreau bonkers. (Angry Boudreau = entertained onlookers.)

TSN’s readers picked former official Kerry Fraser’s brain on the subject, who ultimately believes that the goal should have counted.

Fraser first stated that while contact in the crease isn’t the only standard for a disallowed goal, he had some qualms with the way rule 69.1 was set up:

When this mandate was imposed following the most recent GM meetings in Florida, I said that it would not work effectively. I provided what I thought was logical assumptions and referenced examples from game situations that had been ruled upon. One most obvious example as to why long distance calls seldom work came from a San Jose goal scored in OT that was disallowed by the back referee at the red line when he ruled incidental contact had been made with Calgary goalkeeper, Miikka Kiprusoff. The contact clearly came from Kipper’s own player Olli Jokinen and not Sharks forward Tommy Wingels as the ref suspected.

Given the depth perception that results when a linesman views the play from a distance as close as 65 feet or the other referee as far back as 95 feet at the red line it is unrealistic to expect a more accurate decision could be rendered than from the official on the goal line 15 feet away. There are often times the low ref does require accurate information to make this call as we have seen but it is unlikely to come through an on-ice conference as the mandate provides. Last night’s decision that resulted in a Ducks goal being disallowed is further evidence of this.

Even with the flaws of opening things up to human error in mind, Fraser said that he would have allowed the goal to stand, which was obviously not the case (to Boudreau’s chagrin).

Since Marty Turco was content with the position he assumed within his goal crease I would have allowed the goal to stand just like the referee on the goal line. In this case, with Anaheim 11 points out of a playoff spot it might appear as though it just water off a Duck’s back. Good luck trying to convince coach Bruce Boudreau of that!

So, hey, Bruce – there’s at least one referee on your side. Unfortunately, he’s writing columns and not making calls …

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Goalie interference needs to be open to video review when a goal is involved. So many times this season and in the past we’ve seen refs flat-out miss calls and cost teams goals or allow ones that clearly shouldn’t count.

    • stakex - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      So true. I know the NHL is leary about adding more video reviews and slowing the game down, but it should be about getting the call right. If the puck goes in the net, the call should be reviewable, and its idiotic for it not to be.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        Exactly. HD cameras are so good and there’s so many in the arenas that reviews often don’t take very long. I don’t buy the ‘slowing the game down’ excuse for a second. Even if it does take an extra few minutes to get the call right that’s fine by me.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    It’s easy from the rafters isn’t it Kerry?

  3. amerika1313 - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    …and why should we care what he thinks?

  4. govtminion - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Seems like Fraser is awfully vocal lately about how he thinks his former co-workers are doing things wrong. If his opinion is different, great, but if I were an NHL ref I’d remember this crap when it comes time to send out christmas cards.

    I didn’t like the call, but I wouldn’t like having my work critiqued by a former co-worker on national TV either.

  5. stakex - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Fraser is exactly right with what he says. Even following the letter of the rule there was no reason for this goal not to count, and the ref right by the net allowed the goal. His call was overturned by a ref at center ice who didn’t have anywhere close to as good a view. How does that make any sense? The NHL really needs to get its head out of its ass when it comes to how games are being officiated.

    And while this didn’t matter much in this game, what if this was a playoff game? Hell…. what if this was a game seven? Think about it.

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