Bruce Boudreau addressed the washed out would-be tying goal from last night's 2-1 loss in Dallas and how he believes a coach's challenge would remedy such situations and help the NHL get more calls right this afternoon at KCI.
Here's video of the washed out goal, including several replay angles (H/T Puck Daddy):
The announcement made in the American Airlines Center last night for the no-goal was that a player (Alex Ovechkin) was in the crease. Whether that was the cause of the referee's call or the incidental contact, according to the NHL rulebook neither play is reviewable.
Rule 38.4 lists the situations subject to review by the video goal judge, which include:
- Whether the puck crossed the goal line.
- If the puck was in the net prior to the goal frame being dislodged.
- If the puck entered the net before time expired in a period.
- Whether the puck was directed into the net by a hand or foot, and subsequently if it was done so with a "distinct kicking motion".
- If the puck was deflected directly in to the net by an official.
- If the puck was hit by a high-stick -- defined as above the cross bar -- by an attacking player.
- To determine the correct time on the official game clock.
- Or to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of a potential goal, defined as making sure the puck did not enter the net through the meshing or underneath the goal frame.
So in the case of this goal, what Boudreau discussed today is his hope to one day have a coach's challenge where officials would review that washed out goal to determine if it should stand or not.
"It might only happen a half a dozen times a year but those half a dozen times a year could be very important in the overall end of the scheme of things, which is why I think they should have a coaches challenge," Boudreau said. "For example, if it is a goal [considered] un-reviewable to the league, an un-reviewable call, maybe this would be an exception to the rule where you could challenge it.
"The good referees in our league, or what I classify as the real good referees, they come up and they admit that they made a mistake," Boudreau continued. "That's fine. We're all going to make mistakes as refs and coaches and players, but I think the whole idea is to get it right. And if it takes two minutes to get it right I don't think viewers are going to turn off their TVs because the game ended at 9:37 [p.m.] instead of 9:34."
This topic is obviously open to debate, as the suggestion of a coach's challenge has been floated at the league's general managers's meetings and other NHL gatherings but as for now it doesn't appear as though it has gained much traction.
Do you think the NHL would be better off with a coach's challenge, or perhaps making situations like last night's washout reviewable?