Video Reviews Inconsistent

When watching the Leafs-Hurricanes game, we saw yet another goal disallowed when the puck shot by Jeff Skinner was clearly over the goal line. And once again the NHL found a way to screw it up. Sure, the goal didn't really affect the outcome of the game (a Canes 6-4 win), but it makes you scratch your head. The Rogers Sportsnet crew picked it up right away, the puck was over the goal line and should have counted.

In general the league really needs to take a look at these calls and ask themselves what they're doing wrong. Maybe they're using cameras from Foster Hewitt's days. Maybe they accidentally had the lens on. Who knows. But this isn't the only occurrence where the NHL messes up a call.

For instance, since I follow the Red Wings: the Brad May no-goal against Dallas in 2009. Again, video evidence was shown the puck was clearly in the net. The whistle was even blown about four seconds after it was in the net. And given the reaction of then Stars goalie Alex Auld, he knew it was going to count. I recall Mickey Redmond saying for sure it was a goal (because that's just Mick). When that referee said the whistle was blown before the puck went in I almost lost it.

And since then there have been calls the exact same as the May incident, and even goals allowed when the puck wasn't in the net. It opens up a whole new can of worms when talking about "intent to blow the whistle." The bottom line is there is no intent to blow it unless you actually do. Period. Remember back before video-review? It was the ref's discretion and if the whistle blew, the play stopped. If not carry on (recall that Ravens touchdown against the Steelers for you football junkies).

And what happens if the NHL instates the coaches challenge rule? Will the same thing be happening? I don't know what the reasoning was behind the Skinner no-goal, was it kicked in, gloved in or anything else illegal. But one thing is for certain: the NHL needs to smarten up and make the calls consistent or don't make them at all.

Kyle Andrew Busch


George Prax's picture

The NHL is a mess when it comes to this. They're too worried about how a change is perceived, and not worried enough about the outcome. In the NFL, issues like this are dealt with immediately and the league puts into place the rules they think are best for the game, not best for public relations. The NHL doesn't have a problem hiring former NFL employees for their front offices, I don't understand why they're so resistant to changes like this. They need a guy at the game to do video review, and they need to give the ref the ability to review his own play. That's just the beginning.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

Either use video replay or don't, because then it's the refs fault, not the videos

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

^ that

nowhere's picture

I agree - intent to blow does...

What happened to play until you hear the whistle? Should the players now play until they think the ref might blow the whistle?