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Habs squeak by Senators after controversial disallowed goal

Feb 3, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

The Montreal Canadiens edged the Ottawa Senators in a 2-1 win between two hot Northeast Division teams, but many couldn’t shake the impact of this controversial disallowed goal:

Jakob Silfverberg ended up getting one by Carey Price in the game, but it wasn’t enough.

After the game, both coaches had interesting reactions to the call. Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien took the coy approach, which RDS’ Renaud Lavoie captured.

Ottawa Senators bench boss Paul MacLean clearly wasn’t amused. In fact, he provided no reaction other than a blank stare, as you can see from this video via Senators Extra.

Some believe that the disallowed goal indicates that the NHL needs to expand its goal review policies, possibly even surveying all scores (like the NFL began doing this season). Do you think that would be worth it or would that be going too far?

Note: in other interesting news from that game, Max Pacioretty collected an assist in his return from an emergency appendectomy.

  1. jasndc75 - Feb 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    wow, can’t blow a call much worse that that

    • 19to77 - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      How about ejecting Backes from a tie game against a divisional rival because of a clean shoulder to body hit? The Wings scored the game winner off that power play. =/

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:06 AM

      This may have been even worse than the awful call that cost the Leafs their only goal Sat. night. Negligible contact OUTSIDE the crease should certainly not be a penalty or negate a goal. Ridiculous.

    • ballistictrajectory - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      Check out the two in the Bruins-Toronto game Saturday night. Both should have counted.

      It’s beginning to look like something’s afoot. This many bad interference calls can’t be coincidence. It looks a lot like the obstruction/hooking mess after the last lockout.

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Now that Tomas Holmstrom is retired, the refs don’t know who to target for these goalie interference calls. The refs are confused.

  2. gmenfan1982 - Feb 3, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    That is one of my top 5 worst calls I’ve ever seen. Talk about a phantom penalty.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I agree with Mu-mu-mustache. There are no words.

  4. drewsylvania - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    I see Montreal-town officiating is alive and well.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Biased home officiating in Montreal, has that ever happened before?

  6. stakex - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    The refs clearly bet on Montreal…

    Seriouslly though, goaltender interference when a goal is scored should of course be a reviewable play. I know the argument is that its a subjective call, but so are a lot of the “kicking motion” reviews. Far too many goals are disallowed due to phantom GI calls, and its a really easy problem to fix.

  7. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Terrible call. Ref had a plane to catch for Nawlins.

  8. nygdriveforfive - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    An apology is surely coming from the league.

  9. dillpx183 - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    and I thought the Flyers goals disallowed in the Flyers-Sabres games a couple weeks ago were horrendous….wow…..need to be able to review these types of plays and goaltender interference shouldn’t be getting called when the goalie isn’t in his crease

  10. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    They should give the refs whistles that only work every.third time they try to use them. It sucks that there’s no way to argue those calls after the fact.

    • 19to77 - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Agreed. I’ve thought about the idea of giving each coach a call for automatic review from Toronto once per game. Originally I thought one per period, but that’s six in a game if both coaches use them all – wasted time to the fans in the stands, and terrible for the pace of the game. But I figure with one each, useable on goals or penalties only, they’d be able to clean up a lot of the human error the refs experience.

      One downside is, there’s still the potential to abuse them to buy players rest time in the right circumstances, and I’m not really sure how to remedy that.

      I don’t know, what do you guys think?

  11. flamethrower883 - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    They don’t need more video reviews, make the goalie interference call clear as day. If you outside of the crease as a goalie, make them fair game. Or at least make the rule understandable so they can get the call right the first time. Because last thing we need is to make the refs have no pressure to get the call right the first time. Giving refs the option to always change their call will make them lazy.

  12. hockeydon10 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Now that Tomas Holmstrom is retired, the refs don’t know who to target for these goalie interference calls. The refs are confused.

  13. nosefacekillah - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    The NHL must have directed the officials to increase focus on these GI calls. The Boston-Toronto game on Saturday had phantom calls each way. At least those did not change the outcome of the game. This really cheapens the game.

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