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.