The Florida Panthers are fighting for their playoff lives, and got a much-needed two points thanks to a terrible goaltender interference call against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
With the clock winding down the final few seconds and the Preds down 2-1, Filip Forsberg slid home a loose puck to tie the game, sending the game to overtime. However, the NHL’s Situation Room in Toronto called for a video review of the play, wondering whether Nashville forward Viktor Arvidsson interfered with Florida goalie Roberto Luongo.
Here’s the play in question, and the entire video review process:
In an official explanation from the league, the NHL said “the deliberate actions of Arvidsson’s stick caused Luongo to spin and cause the covered puck to come loose prior to the goal.”
The real question, though, is whether Luongo had actually covered the puck, as the NHL’s explanation implies. Forsberg definitely doesn’t think the puck was covered up:
“It’s a goal. It’s got to be a goal. … I don’t know what’s going on. It’s so inconsistent that we don’t even know when it’s a goal or not, but this one was clearly a goal. The puck was never covered. The goalie had no clue where it (was), and it ends up on my tape and it’s in. And they somehow don’t think so. I disagree 100 percent.”
“Either the refs don’t know or Toronto doesn’t know. They’re definitely not on the same page because there’s so many different situations and similar situations, too, that get called both ways. I don’t know who made the call here, but they definitely didn’t get it right.”
The NHL playoffs are a week away. The Panthers may not make it, but those two points will definitely help their cause. Unfortunately, it seems likely that these goalie interference replays are destined to ruin an important playoff game some time this Spring.