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Blue Jackets coach ‘disappointed’ with disallowed goal call

Dec 17, 2013, 1:15 AM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets lost to the Winnipeg Jets by one goal Monday night.

In what may very well have been the difference between earning at least a single point on the evening and nothing at all, the Blue Jackets had a goal called off in the first period for what referee Tim Peel ruled as incidental contact between Columbus forward Matt Calvert and Winnipeg goalie Al Montoya.

The Blue Jackets lost the game 3-2, as the teams combined for four goals in the third period.

In an online explanation at the Situation Room blog, the NHL stated: “At 19:14 of the first period in the Jets/Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Winnipeg net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Columbus forward Matt Calvert made incidental contact with goalie Al Montoya, preventing Montoya from doing his job in the crease. This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands – no penalty, no goal Columbus.”

“I didn’t see goaltender interference on the play, but that was the call, Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards told the Columbus Dispatch. “I was disappointed with the call, but it was one play of many, many in the game.”

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Wow.. not a Columbus fan here, but that has to be disappointing. If every play where a player from the opposing team pushes the attacker towards the net gets called as incidental contact and no goal, than the leagues best power forwards would loose every other goal.

    • cheliostwin - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      There was a worse call last week that cost the Red Wings a game. In a scoreless first period, a shot from the blue line went in the goal. The referee immediately waved it off, said Cleary was in the crease, so no goal. The overhead replay clearly showed that Cleary was more than a foot outside of the blue paint, but the goalie came out of the crease and put his hand on Cleary’s back. After the puck came flying in on the other side of the crease, a defensemen pushed Cleary into the blue and over the goalie. The Red Wings did score the next two goals, but blew a 2-0 third period lead and lost in a shootout, which is why there wasn’t a story of Babcock complaining about the disallowed goal.

  2. 950003cups - Dec 17, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    I’ve seen that type of play be “good goal” many times. Ticky tack call. There was a game where Callahan was sitting on Brodeur’s stick and the goal counted. These refs don’t see a lot. Even when they’re looking.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Challenging situation – I find myself in agreement with you;)

    • cheliostwin - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Oh, there are worse calls the refs have made. In their last game the Wings had a goal disallowed because the referee blew the whistle too soon. A shot came in, hit the goalie, and the puck fell to the ice. The goalie tried to cover it up, the referee to the goalie’s right thought he had it covered, so he blew the whistle. But then the puck is knocked into the net a second later. The overhead view showed the goalie missed the puck when he put his glove down, it was about 2 inches away from his glove, so Nyquist skated by and chipped it into the net, but the whistle blew just as he was reaching for the puck, so the goal didn’t count.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Oh the joy of being a Columbus fan…at least it’s better than being a browns fan..

  4. jacketsfan7 - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    950003cups exactly , how many goals would Holmstrom have if they called this every time?

  5. vandaronas - Dec 17, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    I’m a Jets fan, but the Blue Jackets were robbed of a goal here.

  6. greenfalcon8863 - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    An even worse call in the game was on the Jets first goal. It was scored after the puck cleared the CBJ zone by about 8″ and immediatedly shot back in. Offsides should have been called. At least 2 Jets were still in the zone. No offside, Jets scored almost immediatedly. 1-0 Jets when it should have been 1-0 CBJ, or at least still 0-0.

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