Rod Brind'Amour Calls for Expanded NHL Replay After Controversial Sharks Goal

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2019

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (65), of Sweden, celebrates with Gustav Nyquist (14), of Sweden, after Karlsson scored the winning goal against the St. Louis Blues during overtime in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference final series Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in St. Louis. The Sharks won 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour called for the NHL to expand replay reviews after the controversial ending to Wednesday's Western Conference Final Game 3 between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues.

According to ESPN.com's Emily Kaplan, Brind'Amour said: "It's been time forever. It's time to get the calls right, because it's just too important. Games matter so much. That was tough last night to watch."

Brind'Amour was referring to Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson's game-winning overtime goal, which came after an offensive-zone hand pass by Sharks forward Timo Meier went uncalled:

Since hand passes cannot be reviewed, the goal stood, and the Sharks won 5-4 to take a 2-1 series lead.

While Meier clearly batted the puck toward teammate Gustav Nyquist with his glove, the NHL said in a statement: "Plays of this nature are not reviewable. A hand pass that goes into the net can be reviewed, but a hand pass between teammates cannot be reviewed."

Although the call was missed, Brind'Amour still praised the NHL's officials following the gaffe: "Help the refs. These refs are great refs. A lot of you can't tell. I'm telling you. So many of the calls, I don't really know. I look down to see, then I lose my mind because I know it was the wrong call, but they can't be expected to make those calls like that. It's way too hard."

Meanwhile, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong stood outside the officials' dressing room after the game and yelled that the decision was "f---ing garbage," per Kaplan.

Expanding video review to include plays that aren't directly related to scoring or offside penalties is one possible solution, but Brind'Amour, whose Hurricanes trail the Boston Bruins 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Final, proposed a more drastic change:

"Take two refs off the ice. Put them in the penalty box—have their skates on if they want. One guy can be watching the calls. The linesman can be watching the offsides. Get them out of the way. They're getting in the way. It's hard, the game is so fast. You watch how often the puck hits them. To me, you can get these calls done quickly and done right, and that's all you want. As a player, as a coach, as a fan. You just want to make sure you get the calls right. I think. But we'll see."

The NHL used to only review goal-scoring plays to determine whether there was goaltender interference or a high stick, or if a puck was kicked or punched into the net.

In 2015-16, replay was expanded to allow for coach's challenges, and it included the ability to challenge if a team committed an offside infraction before a goal.

Hand passes are not reviewable unless the puck goes directly into the net, but with the NFL expanding replay challenges to include pass-interference calls, sports are trending toward allowing for instant replay in more situations than ever.

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