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, Manitoba — You can excuse the Winnipeg Jets if they advance on the Colorado Avalanche crease brandishing pitchforks and flaming torches Saturday night at Bell MTS Place.
After the near-beheading of Connor Hellebuyck Thursday night at the hands of Vegas Golden Knights forward James Neal, you can excuse them if they’re completely clueless about what constitutes goalie interference.
The Golden Knights scored just a couple of seconds after Neal’s two-hander, on which he broke his stick in half, to take a 2-1 lead in a game they ultimately won 3-2 in overtime. There was no penalty call on the play and no whistle. The Jets challenged for goalie interference but after a lengthy review http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/weston-richburg-jersey
, the call on the ice stood.
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Hellebuyck, never one to embellish any contact in his crease, was justifiably upset after the game.
“I think it’s a terrible call,” he told a media scrum. “You would think the video replay is there for that reason. I don’t even think their team wanted that goal Chris Herndon Jersey Elite
, obviously they’re going to take it. That’s just dirty. I can take a stick to the face. But just because I don’t throw my head back and make it obvious, I feel like I got kind of screwed on this. Maybe I should start diving a little bit, that’s just ridiculous.”
Coach Paul Maurice was livid on the bench and he was still emotional during his postgame press conference. He said teams had received a memo just a couple of days ago that the NHL would loosen up on goalie interference calls because there had been a rash of disallowed goals.
“I don’t know how there would be an event that would be more egregious with goaltender interference, just beyond the spirit of the rule Leighton Vander Esch Jersey Elite
,” he said. “The idea that a guy could clean a goalie out would be goalie interference, but a two-hand to the head wouldn’t. What are we going to do with our goalies now? The puck’s loose in the crease, so swing away? We can’t have people swinging at our goalies’ heads. You can’t allow that to creep into the game.
The Avalanche come to town on the heels of a 4-3 overtime victory over Edmonton on Thursday but have cooled off since ending 2017 and starting 2018 with a 10-game winning streak. They are 1-2-1 in their last four.
Still, with 60 points Authentic Geron Christian Jersey
, they are sitting in the second wild-card position in the Western Conference, far exceeding most expectations at the start of the season. Staying there just got a little bit harder with news that their leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon is out for two-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury.
Avalanche coach Jared Bednar told The Denver Post the rest of his players will have to pick up the slack for the NHL’s No. 2 scorer with 61 points.
“There is no one player that can fill in Nate’s shoes at this point. We’re going to need a little bit more from everyone else and hopefully get the job done as a team.”
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