Well, that didn’t take long.
After last night’s controversy in the Western Conference final, the NHL’s rules regarding video review have been quite a hot topic.
The San Jose Sharks took Game 3 over the St. Louis Blues in overtime, thanks to an illegal hand pass that led to the game-winner. And unfortunately for the Blues, the current rules as they are do not allow referees to consult video review on such a play.
Less than a day later, Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour is saying what everyone in the hockey world has likely been thinking. It’s time for a change.
“It’s been time forever,” Brind’Amour shared with Sportsnet. “We can go on this forever. It’s time. It’s time to just get the calls right because it’s just too important. I mean the games matter so much and these — I don’t know, that’s tough last night to watch.”
Eric Karlsson’s game-winner on Wednesday night was just one of many controversial calls plays in this year’s postseason. You could easily argue that if it weren’t for the referees giving Golden Knights forward Cody Eakins a five-minute major penalty in Game 7 against the Sharks, San Jose most likely wouldn’t have made it out of the first round.
And then there’s the Artemi Panarin goal in Round 2 against the Bruins that stood even though the puck had clearly hit the netting over the glass, not to mention the Avalanche goal in Round 2 against the Sharks that was overturned because Gabriel Landeskog was making a line change.
When the NHL’s general managers met back in October, expanding the restrictions around video review was reportedly on the table. The GMs parted from the meetings without any changes to report, paving the way for a postseason that has been just as controversial as it has been exciting. And it’s the Sharks who seem to be getting the lucky bounce in many if these situations.
With the GMs set to meet again in June, it’s safe to assume that video review will remain a hot topic. Here’s hoping that we can survive the remainder of the playoffs without video review — or a lack thereof — rearing its ugly head once again.
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