It’s time for the NHL to allow every puck that crosses the goal line to be reviewed. Similar to the way the NFL reviews all scoring plays and turnovers and can only overturn the original call if the evidence is indisputable. In this case the on ice ref would make the call of goal or no goal and then would go to the review and would also need indisputable evidence to overturn their original call. Of course in the NHL they don’t actually get to see the replay the powers that be in Toronto do. Which should be changed to allow an on ice ref to see it on a monitor right in front of this face.

The New Jersey Devils played the Philadelphia Flyers in a close match-up on Tuesday where Scott Hartnell got tangled with Martin Brodeur and the tying goal was waved off. I thought it was the right call even though the announcers thought otherwise. Although Anton Volchenkov does hit Hartnell, it’s not really enough that it would make Hartnell unable to move away from Brodeur. In either case, Brodeur is not able to properly play the puck. Plus Hartnell’s body, and the collision with Brodeur, is what propelled the puck into the net.

In the Los Angeles Kings vs the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night, I thought it should have been a good goal on Anze Kopitar’s alleged tying goal. Marian Gaborik did make contact with Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen but he was trying to stop and Jakob Silfverberg pushed him into Andersen. Even if there was no contact, it’s unlikely that Andersen would have made the save as he was not positioned properly to likely make the save in time. The ref said it was no goal and never reviewed it.

The San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers had a similar situation in which the powers that be upheld the call of no goal even though it was obvious that it crossed the goal line, even though you couldn’t see it do so. On the one hand kudos for not overturning the call without visual evidence. On the other hand maybe we need to get some more camera angles. I’m sure the NHL can afford more tiny cameras.

The unfortunate thing is, even if you have the replay on all potential scoring plays, a lot of these goals are judgment calls. Which is something the NHL probably would like to avoid. It’s certainly worth a closer look however, as these games are all really important to the teams that are playing in them.

Things I Like

1. Thanks to the Anaheim Ducks recent slump, the race for first in the Pacific Division just got really interesting real fast. The San Jose Sharks and Ducks are neck and neck down the stretch. The Ducks have been in some wild games as of late. The aforementioned game against the Kings and a revenge game of sorts against the Colorado Avalanche. This was their first rematch since the Ducks opening night debacle and bench shenanigans between the players and coaches. The Ducks poured on six goals in the second period to down the Avalanche. Of course this wasn’t until more hijinks ensued on the ice and between the benches including Corey Perry rattling the glass divider between the benches and giving Avalanche coach Patrick Roy the thumbs up. Meanwhile, the Sharks have won five in a row that included blowouts and close games. The Sharks and Ducks meet for the 4th time this season on Thursday in a highly important game.

2. Watch out Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins are streaking. They have now won eight straight and only two of those were one goal games. The rest were blowouts. The Bruins were all ready the team to beat out East and now that they are peaking at the right team it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion they will be representing the East in the Stanley Cup Finals. Nobody else has a chance, really, to stop them. The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t really much different from last year’s team, except for Olli Määttä, and that isn’t a good thing.

3. The Montreal Canadiens showed why you should never give up. In a week of wild comebacks, the Canadiens, down 4-1, scored three in the 3rd period against the Ottawa Senators to tie the game at four. In overtime, with all the momentum, they promptly won it. Goalie Robin Lehner was livid at the officials on the game typing and game winning goals. I’m assuming it’s because he was unable to properly play the puck. The unfortunate thing is, it was his own teammates who prevented him, both times, from properly playing the puck. Lehner should really be mad at them.

Things I Don’t

1. Remember when the Blackhawks were in first place in their division? Seems like it was forever ago. The Blackhawks are now in 3rd place and have a great chance of opening the 1st round on the road. It’s not like the Blackhawks have even played that bad with routs over the Penguins and Blue Jackets. But when you’re just playing at a .500 level, and the Blues are streaking, you’re going to lose ground. They don’t have anymore games against the Avalanche but they do have two against the Blues. It’s unlikely they will catch the Blues but it is important they win those games anyway so they can catch the Avalanche.

2. I hate to keep piling it on the Vancouver Canucks every week but sometimes it’s too easy. The Canucks took a 3-0 lead into the 3rd period against the Islanders and promptly watched them score seven goals, one empty net, to their one goal in the 3rd period. After one of the goals coach John Tortorella cracked a smile, one of disbelief. Eddie Lack really made bad gaffes that led to the 5th and 6th goals. Hard to know if he will develop into anything special. Unless Vancouver makes the playoffs, I don’t see anyway Tortorella can come back. On the plus side, the Canucks beat Roberto Luongo and the Panthers. Although they had to go to the shootout to do it.

3. The Winnipeg Jets just missed the postseason last year and had a great chance to make it this season. Unfortunately, their ill-timed six game losing streak has pretty much vanquished any hope of making it now. Three of them were in the overtime/shootout but when you are behind you really need those two points. With the Canucks also going in the wrong direction, it seems unlikely that Canada will have any team representing them in the playoffs out West. However, the Jets just demolished the Dallas Stars (7-2) emphatically to help them in their bid for the final playoff spot. This might be just what they needed to propel themselves back into the race.

Fights of the Week

Special thanks to hockeyfights.com for making this section a little easier to do.

Tom Sestito vs Krys Barch

A good fight with a lot of punches thrown. Impressive considering they spent half of the fight trying to keep their balances.

Sheldon Brookbank vs Cody McLeod

A somewhat decent back and forth fight.

Tom Sestito vs Anthony Peluso

A couple of big boys go at it and the tumble down.

Goats of the Week

Chris Phillips – Ottawa Senators

Phillips gets a little careless with the puck as Colin Wilson separates him from it and then does a great job of taking him out of the play after the turnover. Ryan Ellis streaks down with the puck and Seth Jones pokes in the rebound for the easiest goal he’ll ever score for the game winner in overtime.

Tobias Enstrom – Colorado Avalanche

Matt Duchene shoots, has it blocked and then Enstrom clears the rebound directly back to Duchene for the easy goal.

Stat Line of the Week

03/16/14 Vancouver 4 vs. Florida 3

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

PIM

Hits

A. Burrows

18:05

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2

3

2

3

Not much has gone right for Alexandre Burrows this season. But this past Wednesday he notched his first two goals of the season in an important game against the Jets. Yes that’s right, his first goals of the season. Against the Panthers Burrows had another goal and an assist for his highest point in a game this season. He has now produced at least one point in three of the last four games.

Numbers, Numbers

41 – Saves by Antti Niemi against the Rangers in a shutout
3 – Goals in 3:21 by the Canadiens against the Senators
7 – Goals by the Islanders in the 3rd period against the Canucks
6 – Goals by the Ducks in the 2nd period against the Avalanche
4 – Goals by the Blues in the 3rd period against the Oilers

This Week in Hockey History

Special thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame site for making this section a little easier to do.

March 10, 1977 Cesare Maniago earned his first shutout as a Canucks netminder, and stopped 19 shots as Vancouver beat Chicago 5-0. It was Maniago’s 29th career NHL shutout.

March 11, 1971 Boston’s Phil Esposito scored twice and had an assist in a 7-2 win in L.A. to set a new NHL record for most goals in a season. His 59th of the year broke the mark of 58 set by Bobby Hull, and he then became the first NHL player to get 60 goals.

March 12, 1931 Goaltender Dave Kerr recorded the only shutout in his rookie season, in a 3-0 Montreal Maroons’ win over the cross-town rival Montreal Canadiens.

March 13, 2004 Mike Rathje became the San Jose Sharks’ all-time leader in assists by a defenseman, when he picked up the 126th of his career in a 3-1 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings. Rathje broke the old franchise record of 125 held by Marcus Ragnarsson.

March 14, 1962 Detroit’s Gordie Howe became the second player in NHL history to get 500 career goals. #500 came in Howe’s 1,045th career game, but the Red Wings lost 3-2 to the Rangers at MSG. Maurice Richard was the first player to accomplish the feat.

March 15, 1988 Edmonton’s Mark Messier scored his 300th NHL career goal, added an assist for his 100th point of the year in a 6-4 Oilers’ win over Buffalo.

March 16, 2001 Pavel Bure scored twice to give him 51 goals (for the fifth time in his NHL career). The milestone came in a 6-4 Panthers’ loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bure became the first player to score 50 goals in the 2000-01 season.

Rankings

The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.

Top 5
1. Boston
2. San Jose
3. St. Louis
4. Philadelphia
5. Los Angeles

Bottom 5
30. Winnipeg
29. Vancouver
28. Carolina
27. Buffalo
26. Florida

Alex Mueller

Author: Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller graduated from Temple University with a minor in journalism over a decade ago. He’s been writing about NHL hockey, on and off, since the Fall of 2009. He’s written for Pucking Awesome, the Checking Line and now Hockey Recaps. He played goalie at San Diego Ice Arena. His first novel, Bobby Sterling vs Truth, is available on Amazon now.

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It's time for the NHL to allow every puck that crosses the goal line to be reviewed. Similar to the way the NFL reviews all scoring plays and turnovers and can only overturn the original call if the evidence is indisputable. In this case the on ice ref would...