Updated at 10:46 AM: MLive’s Ansar Khan penned a 7 AM-posted article regarding the Red Wings’ 3-2 OT loss to Buffalo last night. Khan addresses the Wings’ anger with the “good goal” call on Evander Kane’s marker despite Jason Pominville’s presence in Jimmy Howard’s crease:
“I thought hockey ops had done an unreal job the first part of the year of making a gray rule as black and white as they could,” Blashill said. “Basically, if you went in the blue on your own and you made contact with the goaltender and kept him from being able to play his position, it was going to be called back.
“Then there was a meeting at the All-Star Game and there was a feeling too many goals were getting called back, so they want to go back to this term ‘egregious.’ What’s egregious mean? It means something different to (everyone), so now we’re back to ultra-gray.
“All I know is Pominville had no reason to go into the crease. He stood literally right in front … right on the goalie. … So, I don’t know what goalie interference is now.”
Neither does Howard, who said Pominville’s stick prevented him from getting his own stick out to cover the post.
“That’s a pretty big part of the equipment there, especially on the wraparound,” Howard said. “You lead with your stick and hoping to cut that off and that was taken away.”
Khan continues, duly noting that the Wings have a horrible 12-13-and-8 record at home…
And Fox Sports Detroit posted its post-game videos in slightly belated fashion, posting comments from Henrik Zetterberg…
“Nobody wants goals called back because we want more goals, but now we just have a rule that’s grey as grey can be. … I don’t even know what it is. If we don’t want goals called back then take the rule out, just take the challenge out. I have no problem with that,” said Blashill.
Short of that, Blashill suggested levying penalties against teams for incorrectly challenging a goalie-interference call, as the league already does for failed offsides challenges. That would force coaches to be sure that the infraction in question is egregious.
Blashill remembers his time on the Red Wings’ bench during Tomas Holmstrom’s final season. He watched the shot-deflecting maven lose a number of goals due to goalie interference. Back then, they were waved off right away, and that seemed fair. These days, questionable goals are rarely disallowed live because officials can typically bank on a video review. Then they go searching for indisputable evidence, and often come up empty.
“They’re not calling them (off) because they have the challenge in play. No chance that Tommy Holmstrom’s interference was way worse than all these things,” said Blashill. “No chance.”
And The Athletic’s Max Bultman noted that even Evander Kane wasn’t sure whether his goal would count:
“I don’t know. I don’t think anybody does,” Kane said, though he did not believe Pominville interfered with Howard. “I think it’s more of a — if you’re the team that got scored against, you just call and hope maybe somebody makes a mistake. I really think that’s the case now. Hopefully there’s some more clarity to the rule moving forward here.”