Goaltender Interference Should Have Negated Spezza Goal

In his weekly article at TSN, former referee Kerry Fraser weighs in on the controversial Jason Spezza goal from Monday night in which the NHL review booth confirmed that Chris Neil did not kick the puck in…

“Henrik Lundqvist and Chris Neil both knew that the Rangers goalie was pushed off the puck by Neil’s stick. The entire hockey world watching on television saw that Lundqvist’s ability to move freely within his goal crease had been violated and the goal should have been disallowed under Rule 69. It mattered not whether Chris Neil’s skate blade contacted the puck following his distinct kick! Goalie interference was the overriding factor why this potential goal should have been disallowed.”

…when Kerry Fraser is on your side you know referee Tim Peel and the NHL review booth messed this one up. Nice to see the refs not only missed Neil kicking the puck in, but also the goaltender interference. Way to go boys.

…oh yeah, they also missed Girardi getting kicked in the stomach by Michalek on the same play.

…the NHL has been a joke on and off the ice in this series.

How awesome would it be if John Tortorella pulls a Coach Chadwick after the first blown call tomorrow night (1:22 mark)…



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