In case you missed it, there was yet another controversial goalie interference call in the NHL last night. And as luck would have it, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen was involved yet again. Less than a week after Leafs head coach Mike Babcock went on a rant goaltender interference in which he said the league has to “get it right”, the NHL has botched things up again.
First, check out Babcock’s comments from last week when Andersen was interfered with on a Buffalo Sabres goal that was allowed to stand.
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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.”
Last night, Babcock and the Leafs were on the other end of a blown call. Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin scored a BEAUTIFUL goal to finally get the Penguins on the board, before it was disallowed for goaltender inference.
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Uh… what? There’s minimal contact made between Dumoulin and Andersen and the contact that is made is a result of Andersen’s teammate Ron Hainsey pushing Dumoulin into the crease. Crazy.
Now, Sportsnet’s senior writer and all-around NHL insider Chris Johnston is reporting that the league is planning to put a muzzle around the players and coaches regarding goaltender inference. The league doesn’t want its representatives speaking to the media about controversial calls.
“There’s a feeling at the league office that this is not something that’s productive to the process whatsoever, the amount of complaining that’s gone on about it. … So there will be a continued discussion about where this is going, what’s happening, and the league has tried to be as transparent as it can with these rulings but certainly the message will be, ‘Don’t air your public laundry here to the press.’”
So… they’re putting in a gag order rather than fixing the glaring problem in front of them? That doesn’t seem particularly smart, but then again this is the NHL we’re talking about…