On April 4th, 2014, the Ducks played the Nashville Predators had two goals called back within minutes of each other by the referees. First, Teemu Selanne appeared to push the puck under Pekka Rinne‘s leg pad for goal, but the refs said they blew the whistle before hand. Then the Ducks appeared to score again when Shea Weber crashed into the net and appeared to push the puck into the net. This was a very similar play that happened when the Ducks played the Sharks on March 20th, 2014. Here is the video of the play:
So regardless which hockey team you are a fan of, we all have had that experience of watching a game and seeing a “no goal” call on ice that is not reviewed. Sometimes the referee decides the puck may have been hit with a high stick or that there was goalie interference. Recently in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Los Angeles Kings scored a goal where there appeared to be goalie interference. (You can watch the video here: Was King’s Goal Controversial?) The play is not reviewable per the NHL, but shouldn’t it be reviewed especially in important games during the Final?
Other times the referee blows the whistle early when they lose sight of the puck. When the referees don’t even review the play, then it leaves hockey fans even more irritated. So shouldn’t there be a recourse for the coaches (and fans) beside chewing the referees out from the bench?
Should the NHL have a coach’s challenge like the NFL? If you aren’t familiar with the NFL challenge rules, then look here: NFL Coach’s Challenge
If there is a Coach’s challenge, then should there be a penalty for delay of game if the challenge is used and the call upheld? Or should the system in place just remain the same? Vote below!
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