Too Many Good Goals Waved Off As Evidenced In Three Consecutive Red Wing Games

John VukovicContributor IIFebruary 6, 2011

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 26:  Referee Dave Jackson #8 waves off a goal by Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on January 26, 2011 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Wings defeated the Devils 3-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Judging by the title you probably think this a story by a Red Wing fan who feels the Wings got ripped off by the officials. Well I am a Red Wings fan but in this particular case the refs ripped off Detroit's opponents. In three consecutive Detroit Red Wings games, opposition goals that should have counted were waved off by the officials.

The Red Wings, may not have won two of those games if the good goals were not waved off, I am more than a little perturbed by it because it should not happen so often.

Until recently, it was more often Red Wing goals being waved off, and that is reasonable because the Red Wings are a dominant team and have the puck in the opposition end more and get more shots at the net.

I think that if it happened three times in a season for a team, that would be too much, but three consecutive games is ridiculous, and I have noticed it quite frequently in highlights of other teams.

On Feb. 4 in Detroit, Columbus had a 1-0 lead with less than 7 minutes to go in the first period. Rick Nash scored a goal that was called off because Derrick Brassard was ruled to have interfere with the goalie yet he didn't make contact with the goalie. Brassard was penalized on the play.

Fortunately for Columbus, Detroit didn't capitalize on the Power Play and the Blue Jackets went on to win 3-0.

In Detroit's previous game in Ottawa on Feb. 2 with the score 6-5 Detroit and less than eight minutes remaining, Chris Campoli scored a goal that trickled under Jimmy Howard and crossed the goal line but the official blew the whistle.

There was a review of the goal and in the replay it was obvious that the whistle was blown after the puck crossed the line and that Howard never had possession of the puck, yet it was still waved off. Pierre Maguire was livid. It was ruled the referee had "intent" to blow the whistle(insert your own Joke here)

That should have been the tying goal and instead, Johan Franzen ended up scoring an empty-net goal, his fifth goal of the game, a few minutes later and Detroit narrowly escaped with the victory.

On Jan. 26, the New Jersey Devils were riding a four-game winning streak into Detroit.

The Red Wings were leading 2-1 with only 2:28 remaining in the game when Ilya Kovalchuk banged in a rebound that would have tied the game, but the official ruled that he had pushed the goalie in with his stick on the follow through.

The replay showed that this clearly was not the case and that it should have been a good goal. Pierre  Franzen scored a goal seconds after to preserve the victory for Detroit. 

The NHL has allowed goalie equipment to get much bigger to help keep scoring lower and manufacture parity, even if one team plays much better than the other.

We have lost enough goals because of the equipment; we shouldn't be losing more because of poor officiating(in some cases). Hockey a fast sport and everything is so hard to see for an ice official, things happen so quickly but we have the science to review these calls.

Many goals are also called off because an official blows his whistle when there is traffic in front of the net because he has lost sight of the puck.

I think the rule should be changed so that the official cannot blow his whistle unless he is CERTAIN the goalie has possession of the puck.

Most of these reviews would be obvious and shouldn't take long. I don't know why it always takes much longer for the NHL to review a call than it does for a television broadcast to do so and point out a conclusive result.

These are goals and almost always affect the outcome of a game, and every game counts for playoff positioning.