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Video: Avs score early, but was there goalie interference?

Apr 30, 2014, 10:21 PM EST

If the Colorado Avalanche end up winning Game 7 of their series against the Minnesota Wild by a single goal, it will be a controversial conclusion in the eyes of some.

Avalanche forward Nick Holden scored a power-play goal just 2:52 minutes into the game, but Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper had been knocked down by Jamie McGinn. The marker initially didn’t count, but was then ruled a good goal.

As the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo pointed out, incidental contact isn’t something that can be subjected to a video review. That’s something some prominent people would like to see change.

Roberto Luongo took this opportunity to share his thoughts on the subject:

McGinn scored for the Avalanche later in the period to give them a 2-1 lead.

Update:

The NHL has released the following statement -

At 2:52 of the first period in the Minnesota Wild/Colorado Avalanche game, Colorado’s Nick Holden shot the puck into the Minnesota net in a legal fashion. The in-zone referee initially waved his arms after the puck crossed the goal line as a reaction to a potential infraction for high-sticking the puck. The on-ice officials then huddled regarding the play to discuss if it was a good hockey goal and agreed the goal would stand. Good goal Colorado.

  1. areaman714 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    There was no egregious push into the crease by a Wild defender and the goalie wasn’t allowed to play the puck. Interference would be an appropriate call . . .

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Area man knows what’s up. Area pet could give a hoot.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        What the hell are you talking about?

      • jcmeyer10 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        Not a reader of The Onion are ye?

      • strictlythedanks - May 1, 2014 at 12:54 AM

        the onion is phenomenal stuff. for some reason they stopped bringing it to minnesota like a year ago, devastating

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      You don’t need to even quantify it with “egregious” there was no push whatsoever, at best he took a slash to the foot and then tripped into the goalie.

      Tough call not to get in a game 7

    • clarke16 - May 1, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      From NHL rulebook:

      if “an attacking player makes incidental contact with the goalkeeper at the same time a goal is scored” while the goalie is in the crease, the goal is disallowed.

      The Hawks will be a breeze. The Wild just beat the Avs 5-9 the whole series…

  2. avsfan2014 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    He did call interference. But then he remembered it was the Wild net.

  3. thesportsjudge - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Home cookin’ call there.

  4. zraskovich - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    No single fan watching this entire series was surprised by this.

  5. felcus - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    If the goal was actually reviewable, would it have been irrefutably overturned?

  6. hockeyfan11 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    If thats Carey Price in net, thats interference no doubt.

  7. getadealdonealready - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Is it too much to ask to not have the officials blow calls that lead to goals? Not looking for special treatment just want the game to be called fair, extremely disappointing!

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Amen. We know a penalty call here or there will be iffy but that was just shameless.

    • 1wildfan1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Bettman is the David Stern of the NHL…absolutely destroying the league. Although I thought until this series his arrogance was his biggest problem. Now it is clear he has been bought.

  8. 1wildfan1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    No surprise. It is plainly obvious (to anyone with eyes that is) that the NHL wants a CO/CHI second series. So far this series is 4-2 Wild legitimately. But the NHL wants CO to win, and they are making absolutely sure it happens…rules be damned

    • helloname01 - May 1, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      Looks like the NHL can go boomblatty itself

  9. hardkor07mn - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    So sick of the refs dictating games. It’s BS. Let the teams decide who moves on. You can’t possibly tell me he didn’t wave that goal off at first. Make up your mind moron!

  10. sjtorpitt - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Must be the same refs from game 5.

  11. vstar1us - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Another NHL joke

  12. c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    wild are getting absolutely screwed in this series.

    bizarre.

  13. vstar1us - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    How many off sides can a ref make, oh ya it was not against Wild

  14. dwwlax - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    So I guess the winner of the series was already pre determined, might of been one if the worst no calls in NHL history, worst part about it was ref with best view instantly waved it off n then changed hid call ,not a huge fan of either team , actually was hoping col would win but this is just plain pathetic

    • c9castine - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      yeah, im not much of a conspiracy theorist in fact i think its pretty much impossible to fix an NHL game but i dunno.

      colorado is the cinderella story of the year and has huge potential as a market. i know minnesota is a really good market too that could use a little shot in the arm, but they dont have the 18 year old wonderkid and his 20 year old buddies. the offsides, the no-call on the holding late in game 5, this one…

      thats all im gonna say about that.

  15. jcmeyer10 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Watch out. Kuemper had his neck go funny. Might have a concussion. NBC guys laughed it off but concussions have happened on less.

  16. mp1131211 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Unbelievable! IF the Avs take this series, it will be a tainted win through and through.

  17. vstar1us - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    What he is talking about is he would like to BF a ref before and after each game
    The NHL should be ashamed

  18. strictlythedanks - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Its absolutely amazing how much the NHL wants the avs to win this…..shame on these refs, the wild have been screwed to the meax this series. That wont stop them from winning it though.

  19. bigben1513 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    On my way to Toronto to share my disgust of the officiating when they play in Denver #bushleauge

  20. strictlythedanks - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    What the F is that statement they released?

    Shouldnt they be admiitting their horrible?

    No credibility or consistency in this league

  21. vstar1us - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    BS call, BS call,BS call, BS call,BS call, BS call,

  22. slickvb82 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Its just sad. I can’t say I’m surprised, its been this way all series!

  23. jcmeyer10 - May 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Hate to say I told you so. As soon as Kuemper started shaking his head, I got nervous.

  24. sixchr - May 1, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    When I saw the goal I thought the official initially waved it off for goalie interference and I couldn’t figure out why it counted for the life of me. Then I remembered all the complaints from Wild fans about the officiating. Boy this was bad.

  25. nicofthenorthstar - May 1, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Again, this series has been like watching a big market – small market NBA matchup. Unbelievably helpful officiating for the Snowflakes. At least we have an excuse. (Yuck)

  26. nicofthenorthstar - May 1, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    That statement is such a transparent attempt to cover the refs’ behinds. That is what we call adding insult to injury. Is the NHL really this crooked?

  27. vstar1us - May 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Wow,wow,wow,wow

  28. nicofthenorthstar - May 1, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    c9castine
    Apr 30, 2014, 10:29 PM CDT
    yeah, im not much of a conspiracy theorist in fact i think its pretty much impossible to fix an NHL game but i dunno.

    colorado is the cinderella story of the year and has huge potential as a market. i know minnesota is a really good market too that could use a little shot in the arm, but they dont have the 18 year old wonderkid and his 20 year old buddies. the offsides, the no-call on the holding late in game 5, this one…

    thats all im gonna say about that.

    Don’t forget, they also have Roy. Very well connected and has all but been given coach of the year award.

  29. strictlythedanks - May 1, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    GOOOOOOOOOOO WILLLLLDDDDDD

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