Detroit Red Wings Illegal Goal Was Reviewable Per Rule 38.4 viii

I just finished writing part 1 about NHL referees Dan O’Halloren and Rob Martell’s stupidity...and now…

NHL RULE 38.4 Situations Subject to Video Review – The following situations are subject to review by the Video Goal Judge:

(i)  Puck crossing the goal line.

(ii)  Puck in the net prior to the goal frame being dislodged.

(iii)  Puck in the net prior to, or after expiration of time at the end of the period.

(iv)  Puck directed or batted into the net by a hand or foot. With the use of a foot/skate, was a distinct kicking motion evident? If so, the apparent goal must be disallowed. A DISTINCT KICKING MOTION is one which, with a pendulum motion, the player propels the puck with his skate into the net. If the Video Goal Judge determines that it was put into the net by an attacking player using a distinct kicking motion, it must be ruled NO GOAL. This would also be true even if the puck, after being kicked, deflects off any other player of either team and then into the net. This is still NO GOAL. See also 49.2.

(v)  Puck deflected directly into the net off an Official.

(vi)  Puck struck with a high-stick, above the height of the crossbar, by an attacking player prior to entering the goal. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed.

(vii)  To establish the correct time on the official game clock, provided the game time is visible on the Video Goal Judge’s monitors.

(viii)  The video review process shall be permitted to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals (e.g. to ensure they are “good hockey goals”).  For example (but not limited to), pucks that enter the net by going through the net meshing, pucks that enter the net from underneath the net frame, pucks that enter the net undetected by the referee, etc.

It was reviewable. It was fucking reviewable. These monkeys in stripes could have reviewed it and didn’t know the rule.

It just leaves you speechless.

Oh and look, the NHL issued a statement:

Video of the play appears to show the puck hitting the protective mesh above the glass before deflecting off goaltender Jonathan Quick and into the Los Angeles net. While the Situation Room examined the video, this is not a reviewable play; therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands.

Really assholes? And what do you mean by “appears to show the puck hitting the protective mesh.”


If I were to take my fist and put it so far through your face that I am left holding fragments of your brain in my hand, you would not appear dead. You would be dead. Whoever was responsible for issuing this statement should have his head examined….my way.

NHL officiating incompetence has reached a new height – all at our expense.

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20 replies

  1. Funny that just last night on NHL radio they were discussing the fact that some Soccer league just announced they have invested in computerized goal line sensor tech…a computer and sensors on the posts/ball tell them exactly whether the ball completely crosses the line. This is not limited to goals, people. Sensors on the boundaries of play. Sensors on the goal line. Sensors on the blue lines. sensor in the puck and sensors on all the players skates. The computer tells us when the puck is in the net. The computer tells us when the puck has been iced. the computer tells us when the puck goes out of bounds. The refs drop the puck and they focus on calling fractions, the entirely subjective calls that can only ever be made by a human. Maybe if we take away the other things to focus on, the refs will actually do a decent job calling penalties, and actually be able to police dirty hits and get them out of the game? Nah, fuck that, they will still do a shitty ass job.

  2. Pissed. The statement from the nhl appears to be ass covering bullshit. For all the officials knew a fucking fan threw the puck in there. Ridiculous.

  3. Scribe…. Common sense should have made this entire fuck over by these morons a none issue.Protecting the integrity of the game should be the league officials primary concern…not protecting bad officiating. With all the time it took for them to agree with the call on ice, you would think someone there could have at least looked it up….like you did. While many things are open to interpretation, this seems very clear. Now I’m even more pissed. This is what they do for a living. They are either complete idiots or there is a sinister element at play. Thanks for the actual correct information. It also bothers me that no one at Fox West was on top of this.I’m going to throw up now.

  4. It also has to be said that the Kings have lost three of the most ridiculous games ever in the last two years in Detroit. The most extraordinary things happen in the last 3-4 minutes of every single game there. And each time I think it can’t get worse………………………………… it does.

  5. Wait. The four men whose job is to track the puck lost sight of it? Besides, shouldn’t they blow the play dead once they lose sight of it? There were players on the ice looking up and pointing. There were Detroit fans behind the net pointing up too!

    • That is exactly what I have been saying to people today. It should have never even gotten to the point of if it was reviewable because as soon as the referees lost sight of the puck, they are supposed to blow the whistle. And if they say they never lost sight of it, then they would have seen it hit the mesh. We have been burned by quick whistles in the past, this time it was from a non-whistle!!

  6. That was harsh!

    I do find it incredible the puck deflected off a stick, bounced high off the net, hits Quick’s back between the numbers and sneaks in the net with only inches between him and the crossbar. That was a fricken amazing shot…Happy Gilmore shot?!?! You couldn’t replicate that again in a million attempts. That’s how I’m looking at it. That’s how I’m dealing with the frustration…

  7. Each one if those blind dumbshits should fisted with hockey stick.

  8. Makes the NHL look like a game the Chiefs would play in.

  9. I haven’t read the comments from Sutter yet, but if Sutter were to openly call out the league and verbally say how incompetent they are, Sutter likely would be fined. Not in just this situation, but others as well. This goes for other coaches as well. Why? Because the league demands their employees to be respectful and to be held accountable for their actions. Yet, the league doesn’t hold their referees or themselves accountable for these types of things. They play dumb and chickenshit their way out of it.

    They give 2 free points to a team and rob the other of a regulation win. And from what’s posted here, the referees don’t know the basic rules related to the review process. How is that possible? As Ruxin says in The League…this is a shadow government full of collusion.

    This type of shit happens to multiple teams each season…and it’s happened to us more than once. Remember the “high stick” in Ottawa a couple years ago? And that was even reviewed by the short bussers in Toronto!

    It’s horrible and the league won’t do shit about it. They’ll continue to use language as “appears to…” . It’s like a 3 year old denying getting into the cookie jar.

  10. While I totally agree with the fact that the guys wearing stripes last night were at least blind if not total buffoons, it doesn’t help that our Kings could not put one single goal in the net during the shootout on that moron, Howard. Embarassing for the league and the Kings…no more crying about this garbage and move on to the next….just win baby

    • I’ll add to that that in spite of the fact that the Kings ought to have had the two points, it’s also unrealistic to not acknowledge that Detroit had almost all of the possession in the third period. The Kings were struggling just to get touches for long periods of time, so in that way they didn’t help themselves.

  11. Still in disbelief


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