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Report: NHL apologizes to Panthers for blown goalie interference call

Mar 21, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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The NHL has apologized to the Florida organization for a blown interference call during Thursday’s loss in Phoenix, the Sun-Sentinel reports:

Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker trampled Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo before Antoine Vermette poked the puck into a vacated net for what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Phoenix’s 2-1 victory late Thursday night.

The referee raised his hand as if he was calling the penalty, but Panthers coach Peter Horachek was told the infraction was going to be on Panthers defenseman Dylan Olsen, who was dragged down by Vermette and onto Luongo in a heap.

A furious Luongo argued the non-call to no avail.

After the game, a Panthers source told the Sun Sentinel that the referee admitted to the on-site NHL referee supervisor that he, “missed the call.”

Another Panthers source said on Friday that the league sent out an apology for the blown call via e-mail.

Here’s the play in question:

“You don’t have the ability to look at video for that situation it makes it hard from that side of the net, but obviously, not the right call,” Panthers head coach Peter Horachek said after the game. “It should’ve been interference, that goal should come back and makes it 1-1.”

  1. thomasvanek - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    I wonder how the Miami Heat came into play. “Top 25 players in Miami Heat history”(from the statement)

  2. elvispocomo - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Yeah, even if the defenceman helps him in, Boedker taking that path through the crease was always going to end up interfering with Luongo.

    • kaptaanamerica - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:45 AM

      That blown call could have playoff implications for Dallas and Vancouver…

  3. bcisleman - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    To make it worse, refs also missed Erat hitting Lu in the neck w/ his stick on another play in the 3rd period. Should’ve been a FLA PP.

    • bcisleman - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      To the people who thumbed down this comment, did you watch the game? I watched the third period, saw the play with my own two eyes and heard the VERY homerish PHO announcing crew freely admit Erat’s stick caught Lu in the neck.

  4. blues1988 - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    fantasy playoff week down by 8 on save %, this could be crucial.

  5. Wineshard - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Yeah too little too late. Where was the apology when Dustin Brown bowled him over earlier this year?

  6. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Well that helps no one. Thanks for NUTHIN!

  7. porkchopexpress1969 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    How do you miss yet? Man

  8. skr213 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Unlike others, I actually applaud this move. Shows class for the NLH to admit it got the call wrong. Does it help now? No, of course not. But it shows that they recognize their mistakes, which is the first step to correcting mistakes.

    • bluelinemh - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      agree on the class on apologizing but really do people want the apology or the 2 points for the W

  9. vstar1us - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    This is why the refs need to be fined and held accountable

  10. 950003cups - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Nobody in either Phoenix or Sunrise had any clue they had a hockey team playing each other. Move them both already.

  11. 950003cups - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    “You don’t have the ability to look at video for that situation”

    Them explain to me what happened on March 12 at the Flyers Devils game. High sticking called on Philly. Them after the Jumbotron showed the play 5x the call suddenly became a high sticking on NJ.


  12. darksidecowboy - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    That’s why goals are reviewable right? To get it right I hope. Why can’t refs look at any controversial goal and change it, even if no call was made? Use the tech and get it right, it definitely could have playoffs implications for any team for the last wild card spot.

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