Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock was clearly frustrated following last night’s 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres and it wasn’t because of his team’s performance. Once again Babcock and the Leafs found themselves on the short end of botched goalie interference review when it was determined that Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen was NOT interfered with on the Sabres’ 5th goal of the evening.
Check it out:
So… that’s not goalie interference? Ok then…
As you might imagine, Babcock was LIVID when the officials made the call.
Check out his immediate reaction:
I’m no expert at reading lips, but I’m willing to bet that there were more than a few “F bombs” in that tirade for the officials. After the game however, Babcock was a little more subdued, but still clearly frustrated with the lack of consistency in the NHL’s stated rules regarding goalie interference.
“What I don’t like is that the report that came out from the league is different than what [the officials] told me. They told me he was interfered with outside the paint, which is not true,” said a ticked off Babcock.
“That tonight is goalie interference any way you look at it… no one knows what’s going on. So, we better get it solved. Just saying ‘okay, we’re going to leave it the way it is,’ no chance!”
“Let’s get it fixed, let’s get it fixed before the playoffs so we all know the rules.”
Amen to that. It’s clear that NO ONE in the NHL’s front office has any clear idea on what exactly constitutes goaltender interference. It’s time we either scrap the coach’s challenge entirely or we draw up definitive guidelines for the referees to follow. Because, like Babcock says, with the rules the way they are, no one knows what’s going on. The rule needs to be fixed and, again like Babcock says, it needs to be fixed BEFORE the playoffs.
This is getting to be a joke and if the NHL doesn’t address it immediately, we could see the Stanley Cup awarded to a team that doesn’t deserve it.