After the Edmonton Oilers lost 1-0 to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon, star netminder Cam Talbot was not happy about a goaltender interference call that took place during the contest.
Not happy... That's an understatement, really.
The Oilers were trailing late in third period and thought they had finally scored the tying goal when Patrick Maroon managed to find the back of the net, but the Coyotes challenged the call on the ice and it ended up getting called back, resulting in Arizona taking the 1-0 win.
And Talbot was not having any of it when he met with media members after the game.
“It's extremely frustrating to have what seems like every single one of these calls go against us in the past two years is just unbelievable,” he told reporters, according to Edmonton Sun and Edmonton Journal's Rob Tychkowski. “I've never seen anything like it.
“We challenge a goal, it stands. They challenge a goal on us for some reason it's always waved off. I just don't understand it, it's the exact same play that we had last week against L.A. where the guy clips my blocker . We challenge and it's still a goal. Last year in the playoffs against Corey Perry same play takes my blocker with him, puck goes blocker side and it's still a goal on us. There's just no consistency and I'm f*****g sick of it."
Here's a look at the play in question, on which Maroon makes contact with Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta:
As always, the National Hockey League explained their decision with the following statement:
Here was the league's explanation:
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL hockey operations staff, the referee determined that Maroon interfered with Raanta before the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.7, "The standard for overturning the call in the event of a 'GOAL' call on the ice is that the referee, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto video room, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to 'interference on the goalkeeper,' as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4."Therefore the original call is overturned - no goal Edmonton Oilers.
This isn’t the first time this season an Oilers player has expressed frustration over calls going against the team. Three weeks ago, captain Connor McDavid was critical of offside challenges after the Oilers had an important goal called back and got a game misconduct for getting sarcastic with the official.
Talbot has also spoken his displeasure with such calls in the past. In May 2017, Talbot said he might have to start flopping to draw calls after Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry made contact with him on a Ryan Getzlaf goal that was upheld during Game 4 of their second-round playoff series.
What do you think of the call on the ice? Do you agree with Talbot and the Oilers, or are you siding with the referees and League's call?