Thursday, April 22, 2010

CBC airs DVD of Distinct Kicking Motion Goals

Thursday evening during the Ottawa Senators - Pittsburgh Penguins game, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada aired the DVD circulated to teams throughout the league earlier this year.

In Game 4 of the LA Vancouver series, Daniel Sedin scored a crucial goal that was initially ruled a good goal by the on ice officials, but overturned by the league's Operations Centre in Toronto.

Sedin's goal raised questions about the intent and executive of the rule book and called their capability of interpreting and applying rules into question.

Shortly after the game, NHL VP Mike Murphy appeared on the show to defend his decision. During the interview, he cited a DVD circulated throughout the league earlier this year depicting how the rule would be interpreted. CBC aired the goals used as examples of 'good goals' that went in off of players skates.

After having reviewed this video, the Daniel Sedin goal from Game 4 appears to be even more conclusively a goal than ever before. The second goal shown during the instructional DVD appears to have all the mechanics of the Sedin goal, but the added element of more visible intent that cannot as easily be disseminated from the Sedin goal, mainly because Sedin had Sean O'Donnell hooking and draped all over him, and it was more of a bang-bang play.

After reviewing Daniel Sedin's disallowed goal, and Mike Murphy's awkward and entangled explanation, it's obvious that something is awry.

Gary Bettman attended the next game in this series and answered questions during his afternoon press conference, but he did little to quell criticism.

It is pretty hard to argue that Daniel Sedin demonstrated a 'distinct kicking motion' that warranted overturning the on-ice officials ruling, and disallowing a crucial goal. To defend their cause, Murphy and Bettman fell back on the contents of this Rule 49.2 DVD to explain why the literal interpretation of the rules was not upheld. Interestingly, the contents of the video do not support their claim.

Whether it is as innocent as a lack of clear standards in the interpretation of the rules, or something much worse - a subjective interpretation based on any host of potential tin-foil hat type of reasons, the NHL has to get its ship in order and get this right.

The Senators could have lost their series tonight on a similar play - all because the NHL cannot seem to create simple rules to abide by, or enforce them unilaterally.

Having reviewed the DVD that was supposed to explain the NHL's decision making, you tell us - did the NHL make the right call on Sedin's goal? Does the DVD back up their claim?


  1. This issue seems to turn more farcical by the day. The NHL has bent their own rules twice now this week as they saw fit. But apparently that is 'insulting and pure fantasy' to suggest. Apparently Gary Bettman is the only sane person among all us paranoid schizophrenics.

  2. remember brett hull and dallas with the foot in the crease rule turned over? This is just another example of the NHLs inability to consistently teach new and old fans about the game, frustrating them into no longer watching.

  3. Exactly... there's so much gray area and subjectivity in these rules.

    Crease rule is a great example too. the game should be simple!

    That's like not allowing a jump shot in baskbetball depending on the guy's follow through.

    If the puck goes in off his pants, legs, body, good goal. gloves - no goal, skate - well that depends on what direction the puck was travelling and how fast

  4. Question 1:
    If Puck A leaves Alex Burrows stick at 15 miles an hour heading south for 10 feet, then hits Daniel Sedin's stick and turns east at 10 miles per hour for 5 feet, and Puck B leaves Henrik Sedin's stick at 10 miles an hour heading East for 5 feet and Christian Ehrhoff redirects the Puck B Southwest at 8 miles and hour for 7 feet, which puck enters the net first?

    Answer: Gary Bettman's NHL is a joke