Hands up if you know what the NHL’s definition of goalie interference is… yeah we didn’t think so. Evidently NHL officials don’t know either, or at least the one’s who were calling last night’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche.
Midway through the 2nd period in a 1-1 game, Leafs superstar Auston Matthews appeared to give his team the lead as he slid a puck past Avs goaltender, and former Leafs, Jonathan Bernier. Here’s the play:
But WAIT… Avs head coach Jared Bednar elected to challenge the play for goaltender interference. Surely, the goal will stand right? Matthews does everything possible to get out of Bernier’s way… this HAS to be a good goal. Oh… think again.
Here’s the referee’s call and Matthews’ reaction:
Head coach Mike Babcock’s reaction was priceless, as well:
So, what does Matthews do? Goes out the very next shift, scores a goal and lets EVERYONE know that the puck is in the net.
Hold on… did he just call his own goal?
YUP! No one is calling off this goal!
After the game it was clear that the non-goal call was still bothering the young Leafs superstar:
Babcock was even more blunt in his assessment and harsh with his criticism for the NHL when meeting with the media following the game, a 4-2 loss for the Leafs. "We should have won that game," said the Leafs bench boss. "I got texts from half the coaches saying that should be a goal, so if coaches don’t know, we don’t know."
We don't blame you, Babs. If you don't know what goalie interference is, neither do we. Certainly the NHL has no clue, either.