In case you missed last night’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs well… consider yourself lucky. The NHL blew yet another goalie interference call last night, disallowing a beautiful goal from Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin for goaltender interference, when it was clear on replay that Dumoulin did not interfere with Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen in any way shape or form.
Check it out:
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. Yet, the NHL determined that this was goaltender interference. Okaaaaaayyyy…
Thousands of fans took to social media to protest the decision:
But perhaps no “fan” put things better than Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn:
Ouch. You know the NHL is in trouble when it’s own players, its SUPERSTAR players, are publicly mocking it for its inability to call a game properly.
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…