Update: Absurdity Returns

This is via NHL.com

The following is from NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy:

“The way we’ve always handled it and the way we will continue to handle it until we have a procedure change is the referees call on the ice stands. He sees the shot and he sees the save and doesn’t see the puck in the net and kills the play or blows the whistle,” Murphy said. “It’s not when you hear the whistle blow, it’s when he intends to blow the whistle. There is a little bit of a gray area there between when he intends and when the whistle sounds.

“In this case Dennis LaRue was clear with what he saw and clear with what he interpreted and that was, ‘I had killed the play before the puck entered the net.’ When we scrutinize it and go through video review I think everybody would concede that the puck was in the net, and Dennis didn’t see that unfortunately.”

You read that right.  Dennis LaRue said “I had killed the play before the puck entered the net.”

Seeing as how this is either a physical impossibility or appalling refereeing, I’d like to thank LaRue for being incompetent and a fool.

Now that the NHL has supported LaRue, we can all pretend to be really angry for a while and then most likely this will pass.

I can only hope that this is an issue that the NHL realizes it needs to man-up and deal with.  Do Something.

Inconsistency, stupidity, absurdity.  These have no place in our league.

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3 Responses to “Update: Absurdity Returns”

  1. Baroque Says:

    And the very next night a similar thing happens to Toronto in overtime.

    For a league that supposedly wants to INCREASE scoring, they seem to do an awful lot of ignoring of pucks actually in the net.

  2. It makes so much sense doesn’t it?

    Pretty soon we’ll be seeing calls the other way as well…”I had intent to call that a goal, so it’s a goal, even though it clearly never crossed the goal-line.” Simply dumbfounding.

  3. ChampionFan06 Says:

    I don’t like this “intent” thing. Save the intent for the legal system. As for me, I intend to go get mind numbingly drunk, but we’ll see what happens.

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