After falling down 2-0 to the Boston Bruins on Sunday night, the Anaheim Ducks made an impressive comeback and appeared to tie the game in the third period on a shot by Matt Beleskey that beat veteran Bruins goaltender Marty Turco.
The excitement that followed quickly died as the referee made the call that Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano interfered with Turco, thus the goal was disallowed.
Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau was furious on the bench and would not stop yelling at the referee for several minutes, even well after play had resumed.
The correct call was made, even though it's strange to see a player interfere with a goalie despite no contact being made.
The rule in question regarding Sunday's goal controversy is Rule 69. Here is the description of that rule (Via Puck Daddy):
According to Rule 69, if "an attacking player skates in front of the goalkeeper, well inside the crease, at the same time a goal is being scored. The attacking player remains in motion and, in the judgment of the Referee, maintains a significant position in the crease impairing the goalkeeper's ability to defend his goal" then the ruling is "Goal is disallowed. The announcement should be, 'No goal due to interference with the goalkeeper.'"
According to Rule 69, if "an attacking player plants himself within the goal crease, as to obstruct the goalkeeper's vision and impair his ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored," then the ruling is: "Goal is disallowed. The announcement should be, 'No goal due to interference with the goalkeeper.'"
While Cogliano broke this rule in both cases stated above, the frustrating part for fans is that this call is rarely made.
Usually goalie interference happens when there is contact between a skater and a goalie, but since this case involved impairing the goaltender's ability to make a save, the confusion is understandable.
The Ducks are now 11 points out of a playoff spot, which makes this call quite frustrating. Anaheim needs all the points they can get right now, but with Sunday night's loss to the Bruins, the Ducks' playoff hopes have probably been destroyed.
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