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NHL video officials should butt out
Friday, May 16, 2008 | 04:29 PM ET
By Scott Morrison
Of all the great storylines that have emerged during the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring, arguably the most contentious involves Tomas Holmstrom's, ah, back side.
Yes, his rear-end, derierre, butt, or whatever they call it in Swedish.
Holmstrom, of course, is the Detroit Red Wings forward who is noted for standing on the lip of the crease, screening and bothering goaltenders. He might be the best in the NHL at his trade, in fact.
The other night, in Game 4 against Dallas, the Wings had a goal called back because the referee determined that Holmstrom's back side was too close to Dallas goalie Marty Turco and thus prevented him from stopping the puck. The referee called goalie interference and ruled no goal.
Replays showed that while Holmstrom's butt may have crossed the plane of the crease, his feet didn’t, and he really didn't do much to impede Turco, so the goal probably should have counted.
Now, there has been considerable talk about players not being allowed in the crease. Nothing has changed. A player can go into the crease to score or retrieve the puck or even just park. But he can't interfere with the goaltender. The safest place is on the white ice outside the ice, but even there the rules say he has to be careful not to interfere with the goalie's ability to stop the puck and gain position.
Anyway, in the eyes of some, what the replay showed the other night was the need to include goaltender interference as part of the video review process. Currently, those sorts of plays cannot be overturned by the eye in the sky and it says here that's the way it should remain.
Video review is used to make sure a puck actually enters the net and is not kicked, gloved or put in by a high stick. It isn't used to call off sides or missed penalties, and it shouldn't be used to call goalie interference.
In this case, what the replays showed is that mistakes happen, that there is still a human element to the game, and we shouldn't lose any more of that.
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Scott Morrison, the recipient of the Hockey Hall of Fameís 2006 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award, has been covering hockey for 25 years. The Toronto native began his career at the Toronto Sun in 1979. After spending more than 11 years as a hockey writer and columnist at the paper, Morrison became Sports Editor in 1991 and led the section to being named one of North America's top-ten sports sections in 1999 - the first sports section in Canada to receive the AP Sports Editors North American Award. Scott, a former two-term president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, joined Rogers Sportsnet in 2001 as Managing Editor, Hockey, and is currently both a commentator on Hockey Night in Canada and a columnist for CBC.ca.
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