Sunday, June 8, 2014

Rangers have legitimate complaints about game 2

From where I sit it looks like the NHL will be pressured for more video reviews...


There is no such thing as a perfect system for reviewing plays. Baseball has it's new challenge system and is still seeing arguments over calls. In the NBA the refs make the review themselves and can still get it wrong. Instant replay has been in use in the NHL since the mid-90s. It's undergone many changes, but is more needed? Possible following the controversy in game 2 of the Stanley Cup final. Not only should Dwight King's goal have not counted, but the Kings should have been given a delay of game penalty just seconds before the winning goal was scored. However, goaltender interference is a judgement call and delay of game isn't reviewable. Let's face it, the last thing we need is a return to the idiotic 'skate in the crease' rule of the late 90s. The name Brett Hull should be enough to put that to rest. So, what can be done? Give the goalie free reign to defend his crease? Back to the days of Billy Smith copping players to the ground?  It's hard enough already to score goals, we really don't want them being taken off the board. Nor do we want to see defender pushing players into the crease in a desperate attempt to get a goal called back. As for flipping the puck over the glass. Sure it could be reviewed, but how long could be wasted for something that could often prove inconclusive? In the end for all the Rangers can comaplin about a couple calls being missed, they were the one's up 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 and couldn't hold the lead.  They were also 0-for-2 on the power play in overtime.  Yes, there will be a demand for change, but don't expect to see any major updates.

At least that's how I see it, and I sit in the cheap seats.

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