I don't know why, but it seems like in every playoff game this year I've seen at least one goal called off because the referee was not in position to make the call or seen a team called offsides by a line judge trying to catch up or who got in the way of a clearing attempt.
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Tonight it was Detroit's Marian Hossa who scored the game-tying-goal with just over a minute left. Jonas Hiller completely lost the puck and it sat uncovered in his crease. Hossa crashed in and poked it past a diving Ducks' defender for the goal. Not so fast, Marian! The whistle that you heard two seconds after you scored wasn't for a penalty. The referee intended to blow it two seconds earlier, before you scored. No goal. Anaheim went on to win the game 2-1 and take a 2-1 lead in the series as well.
Just once I would like to see a referee make that call from right on top of the goal where he is supposed to be. Why are they still hiding in the corner and always on the opposite side of the loose puck?
My simple suggestion for the league is this: referee's cannot blow the play dead unless they are standing directly behind the net. If they get a call wrong about a puck going completely over the line it can always be overturned on video review, but if they blow the play dead, even when it shouldn't be, that can't be reviewed.
Another option would be to allow video replay on these type of plays. If the puck is still visibly loose in the crease when the referee blows the whistle and it is poked into the goal, the goal counts. If there is no conclusive evidence that the puck is loose, then no goal. Referees probably don't like this option because, let's face it, who likes being told you got it wrong? I know I don't being told I'm wrong, but it's more important - especially in the playoffs - to make sure the call is right.
I'm no Red Wings fan, but it is an absolute insult to all 40 players on the ice when they work so hard for one goal only to have it disallowed because the referee was stupid. Colin Campbell, please put one of these rules in for us. I don't care how sensitive your officials are, I don't want them being the ones who decide the outcome of a hockey game even when it's a game in which I can't decide which team I hate more. Imagine if it were a game I actually cared about????
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