The Stars had a goal disallowed on video review Thursday, and Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said he was confused and upset by the decision.
Stars winger Alexander Radulov drove the net, and Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo made a save. Stars winger Antoine Roussel followed closely behind and shoveled in the loose puck for what appeared to be a goal. However, Columbus asked for a review, and the video center in Toronto said Radulov was guilty of goaltender interference and the goal shouldn’t count.
“At 3:12 of the third period in the Stars/Blue Jackets game, Columbus requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether a Dallas player interfered with Columbus goaltender Joonas Korpisalo prior to Antoine Roussel’s goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that Dallas’ Alexander Radulov interfered with Korpisalo before the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Referee, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to ‘Interference on the Goalkeeper,’ as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4.”
Hitchcock said the goal was the kind that is scored every day in the league.
“I don’t understand where we’re going, because we practice every day, like every other team does in the NHL, going to the net,” Hitchcock said. “Our player went to the net and was responsible for putting a play on the net, and we scored on the rebound. When we’re in a situation where you’re not counting those as goals now, what are we doing? What are we doing to our game that that can’t be a goal?”
Radulov said he felt he played the game the right way.
“I was pretty sure it would be good goal, because I wasn’t basically pushing or doing anything,” Radulov said. “But I guess they saw some contact there, and they waived it off and it is what it is.”
Hitchcock said he’s not exactly sure how to coach his players on that situation going forward.
“I don’t understand how that can’t be a goal,” he said. “That’s what every coach wants his players to do and now, you’re going to tell your player, ‘Well, you can’t do that, or you have to when you go to the net, you’ve got to be careful and you’ve got to make sure that you tiptoe around the outside. You can kind of stick your toe in the water, but you’ve got to go back to the beach.’