One of the most embarrassing situations of this National Hockey League season is the inability for on-ice officials to correctly call goaltender interference. It has caused multiple outbursts and controversies from teams across the league, and it has sadly happened again tonight in a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
We do not feel the need to provide more explanation to what happened tonight. Just take a look at this sequence here, where Brian Dumonlin scored what would have been his fifth goal of the season:
The Athletic's James Mirtle, NHL Network's E.J. Hradek and Eric Engels from Sportsnet all agree this was an absolutely awful call:
We could see on social media numerous negative reactions in the minutes following this controversial call, and not only from Pittsburgh Penguins fans, but from hockey fans all around the NHL. Here's a few of them:
Absolutely crazy, indeed.
THE NHL WILL REPORTEDLY NOT SUSPEND BRAD MARCHAND
Brad Marchand is a tremendous goal scorer and one of the Bruins' best forwards, but the numerous controversies surrounding the 5 foot 9 player have shifted the focus. We tend to forget he scored 39 gaols in 2016-17 and 37 in 2015-16, because he's now mostly known for his questionable hits and the numerous suspensions he was given by the NHL's department of player safety.
However, it seems like his hit on Chicago Blackhawks' forward Anthony Duclair will not be punished by the National Hockey League.
According to a report from Steve Conroy, of the Boston Herald, it sure looks like the NHL has decided against suspending Marchand. The league reportedly deemed the hit to be an accident:
"Hearing that Brad Marchand will not have a hearing for his collision with Duclair."
NBC Sports' Joe Haggerty echoed Conroy's assertion about the league's decision:
"My sense is Brad Marchand collision w/Anthony Duclair is being viewed as accidental rather than intentional, and therefore wouldn't be considered for supplemental discipline."
Same thing for Chicago Sun Times' Mark Lazerus, who added this whole controversy has probably been started because of Marchand's reputation:
"I don't expect Brad Marchand to receive any supplemental discipline for his hit on Anthony Duclair. Sounds like it's being perceived as more accidental. And let's be honest, any other player, we're probably not talking nearly as much about it."
It is fair to believe it was a great day to be a Bruins fan, as the team beat the Blackhawks 7-4. As Kevin Paul Dupont reported earlier tonight, it is the first time in almost 17 years that the team is able to score five goals on special teams (4 power play goals, 1 shorthanded goal).
Boston now has a record of 43 wins, 15 losses and 8 overtime losses, good for 94 points. They're still six points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, who just beat the Montreal Canadiens in shootout today. Boston still has three games in hand.
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