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Trotz: Preds ‘couldn’t see any evidence’ of Canucks’ goal going in (w/video)

Mar 15, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

The Nashville Predators were none too pleased with a ruling on the ice Thursday that led to Jannik Hansen‘s goal in a 7-4 loss to Vancouver.

“We couldn’t see any evidence of the puck going in,” Predators coach Barry Trotz told The Tennessean. “The only person in the rink who saw it go in was the referee.”

The referee in question was No. 40, Steve Kozari, who signaled a goal despite the fact that — as Trotz pointed out — nobody ever really saw it go in the net:

Granted, the logic of Kozari’s on-ice call seems simple. Nearly all of Preds goalie Chris Mason was essentially in the net, so the puck must have be in there too.

The hiccup, of course, is that once a goal is ruled good on the ice, there needs to be conclusive replay evidence to overturn the call — which there wasn’t.

This wasn’t the only call Nashville took offense to.

Both Trotz and Shea Weber were displeased with the hooking penalty called on Sergei Kostitsyn with 2:34 left in the third period, which led to this Henrik Sedin penalty shot:

“I thought it was light,” Trotz told the Tennessean.

“Tough call,” added Weber. “Obviously they saw it one way.”

  1. aharr57 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Okay so Mason was INSIDE the net. The puck was nowhere to be seen OUTSIDE of the net or on the goal line and yet that’s not a goal?

    • kicksave1980 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Normally I’d agree, but the only issue that I can see with this particular play is that there’s still a big part of Mason’s right pad that isn’t over the goal line.

      • mp1131211 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        At 2:35 in the video, you can see underneath that right pad. Its not there.

  2. leepetertk - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    When I watched the game live, I thought they would call the Hansen goal back due to lack of evidence. I thought this was one of the cases where the puck probably crossed the line when Hansen put the puck in front of the net and Ellis slid into Mason. But I was unsure (and so was the broadcasting crew) if the puck ended up underneath the pads, which Mason Raymond seemed to jab at, or if the puck slid to Mason’s catching glove, which he seemed to scoop at a puck just as the goal call was made.

    I thought the penalty shot call was a little soft compared to other partial breakaways that are not called penalty shots, but I did think it was a hooking penalty. Had Mason stopped Henrik Sedin, it would have given the Predators a better chance to win anyways rather than losing 2 minutes on the penalty kill (about 4 minutes left in game at that point).

  3. 19to77 - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Trotz has quite the tendency to vocally critique refs after losses, doesn’t he? I mean, he’s usually got a point and unlike guys like Torts, he’s respectful, but this is like the fourth time in the last two seasons alone I can remember him doing this.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      My favourite was the 2011 playoffs where he complained about not getting calls in the first round, then complained about the opponent selling calls (and how embarrasing it is to the officials) in the second round.

  4. bigtganks - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Lu kills me (when asked about the Sedin penalty shot)…

    “Honestly, I didn’t think he was going to score. I’ve never seen him score in practice.”

  5. hsnepts - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Obvioulsy bad calls on goals and penalty shots are more serious, but if Trotz is going to complain about the refs, how about that hooking call on Bieksa? It was the most obviously bad call on the night, albeit not the most impactful. It would help their credibility if he and Weber mentioned that call as well when complaining about the officiating – but few NHLers ever do that.

    Oh, and the hooking call on Sedin was a hook. The preds’ stick came all the way around onto Sedin’s left elbow.

  6. colby7 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Love Henriks move, but I think it wouldnt look so great if Mason didnt completly bite on the first tiny deke.

  7. bigoldorcafromvan - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    It was a goal, Barry get over it. I really didn’t know that if you fall down and your hit hits the other players stick that is a penalty. Nashville did okay with the zebra department last night.

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