Mar 11, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers head coach Craig Berube questions referee Tom Kowal (32) and linesman Scott Cherrey (50) after they disallowed the game-tying goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Devils defeated the Flyers, 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL Explains Why The Flyers Got Screwed


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While I’ve been on the pulse of every single free-agent move that the Eagles have made or have been rumored to be a part of today, I didn’t miss an important Flyers-Devils game, that had huge implications on the Metropolitan Division. Tom Kowal and Mark Lemelin might as well, as their original call that Scott Hartnell wasn’t tripped (and somehow forced Marty Brodeur into the goal under his own power), meant that the NHL couldn’t review this goal in Toronto, and the Flyers game-tying goal was waved off without a review.

The NHL released this statement on the call, per their Situation Room blog.

At 19:20 of the third period in the New Jersey Devils/Philadelphia Flyers game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the New Jersey net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell pushed goaltender Martin Brodeur across the goal line with the puck. According to Rule 78.5 (ix) “Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when a goaltender has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a save.” This is not a review-able play therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands – no penalty and no goal Philadelphia.

I hate the original call, but I hate even more that we have the technology to overturn the refs’ original call (which was made at full-speed), and we don’t properly utilize it because of a stupid technicality in the rulebook.

Jake Voracek summed up my thoughts on the call pretty well after the game.


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  • Pivot

    The rule is the rule and that goal should be disallowed even if Toronto looked at it. Hartnelldown went right into Marty on his own and he may have even kicked the puck. I can’t see if that puck popped out and hit Hartnelldown skate and as he went into Broduer the puck went in. This isn’t baseball when you run into the catcher trying to get to home plate. It’s physical enough a sport that we can do without guys running the goalies over. That’s a cheap and dirty move by Hartnelldown. He is notorious for that. That was the right call but maybe the NHL should look at any goal scored in the last 2 mins of the 3rd period. Just like in the NFL. All scoring plays in the last 2 mins are reviewed.