"That's intent to blow the call," was the way CSN Bay Area play-by-play man Randy Hahn described the no-goal decision by referee Dave Jackson to deny the San Jose Sharks a go-ahead tally against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night.
Midway through the opening period, Tommy Wingels deflected down a Matt Irwin shot from the point, followed his own rebound and put the puck behind James Reimer for a 2-1 San Jose lead. But it wasn't meant to be as Jackson intended to blow his whistle while he believed the puck was under Reimer's pad.
Here's the video:
As you see, the puck was live the entire time and was never covered by Reimer. Jackson explains he believes the puck was under Reimer's pad on Wingels' second poke, when it was already over the goal line at that point.
At 9:37 of the first period in the Toronto Maple Leafs/San Jose Sharks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Toronto net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he was in the process of blowing his whistle to stop play while the puck was under James Reimer's body in the crease. According to Rule 78.5, apparent goals shall be disallowed "when the Referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal San Jose.
At this week's general managers meetings, the idea of giving the Situation Room more opportunities to help decide on questionable goal/no goal calls, as well as giving referees the ability to see TV monitors on instances of goaltender interference was discussed, but further hashing out is required.
(That goalie interference review could have been used in Tuesday's Flyers-Devils game)
Intent to blow is an annoying call when a goal is taken away from your team, but at least the league is identifying it's a headache and (hopefully) working toward some sort of solution in the future.
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