While the NHL Director of Officiating Terry Gregson contends there’s been no change to the way officials are enforcing goaltender interference infractions this season, the Bruins have noticed a high level of calls in their first two weeks worth of games.
There were a pair of important and controversial goalie interference calls that took place in Saturday’s 1-0 Bruins’ win over the Leafs, but most people were talking about the goaltender interference call on Ottawa from Sunday night’s game between the Senators and Canadiens.
The call in the Montreal/Ottawa game came as video replays showed that Carey Price was outside his crease, and wiped out a potential game-tying goal for Andre Benoit in the third period.
Likewise a Cody Franson game-tying score for the Maple Leafs was wiped out in the first period when Tuukka Rask was bumped outside of the crease by Nazem Kadri, and that caused a healthy amount of uproar in Canada.
There have been four goaltender interference calls for two-minute minor penalties in Boston’s first eight games, and at least three goals have been wiped out for incidental contact including two scores Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.
Perhaps Tuukka Rask is the wrong person to ask about it on the Bruins when looking for an impartial observer, but the Bruins goaltender doesn’t seem to mind being protected very much.
“I haven’t seen that many. I saw a couple in our games, but I don’t know if they’re keeping a closer eye on them or not,” said Rask, who is 5-1-1 with a 2.10 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. “Calls have been made during play. Sometimes they’re questionable and sometimes they’re not. I know I got called out for saying I was flopping around.
“I know it’s a difficult challenge for referees because some goalies like to challenge the shot and come out of the crease a little bit. Then they get bumped and it’s tough to not make that call. It’s a fine line. I’m sure the refs have been told to keep an eye on those because it’s always a close call.”
Bruins notice goalie interference calls on the rise
CSN New England | Feb 6