The Maple Leafs are up 3-2 in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the Bruins after a 2-1 win Friday night. Auston Matthews’ fourth goal of the postseason was the difference.
Matthews’ goal was not without controversy, however, as the marker was reviewed for potential goaltender interference. Toronto forward Zach Hyman made contact with Boston netminder Tuukka Rask before Jake Muzzin fed Matthews for the score.
“I felt contact, so I went after the ref there and let him know there was contact,” Rask told reporters postgame. “They looked at it so it’s a goal. I saw him, he had the puck – as soon as he passed it, it kind of like bumped my head. But I trust them to get it right.”
While Rask took a subdued approach in addressing the play, several professional goalies were more critical of the call.
Philadelphia Flyers netminder Cam Talbot was the most prominent name to speak out, calling the review process for interference “flawed.”
Once again the NHL goalie interference review is flawed. Someone that’s played the game in the blue paint should be in the situation room. Games are being lost in the playoffs and it’s not right. #inconsistent https://t.co/1DmPfnZC9K
– Cam Talbot (@ctalbot33) April 20, 2019
Martin Biron, who was an NHL goalie for 16 years and is now an analyst for MSG Networks, believed the goal should have been overturned.
Wow. I guess they must have felt Rask wasn’t gonna be able to come across but to me it doesn’t matter, contact was made and in my opinion should’ve been overturned.
– Martin Biron (@martybiron43) April 20, 2019
Six-year NHL veteran Mike McKenna, who suited up for the Flyers and Ottawa Senators during the regular season, was much more blunt.
That was goalie interference in the BOS / TOR game. Period.
– Mike McKenna (@MikeMcKenna56) April 20, 2019
If somebody in the NHL league office takes up Talbot on his suggestion, one goalie has already thrown her name in for consideration. Buffalo Beauts netminder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados offered her services to review interference plays from the league’s situation room.
Offering my services to be the “someone that’s played the game in the blue paint” to be in the situation room to help review calls. @NHL get at me.
RT for all the goalies that need some representation on goal reviews https://t.co/1c4NN5vVbR
– Shannon Szabados (@ShannonSzabados) April 20, 2019
It did not even take an hour for another controversial interference call to surface. Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames had a goal rescinded after it was determined Sam Bennett made contact with Avalanche goalie Phillip Grubauer. While the NHL has a rule for dealing with such calls, it’s clear the league needs a more consistent barometer to rate what is and is not considered interference.