The National Hockey League is normally proactive when it comes to fixing rules or making adjustments to its game. And it might have to happen again this summer.
Last night in Calgary, the home team down 3-2 late in the third period, Sam Bennett of the Flames took a quick shot in the slot which Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen made a lightning quick kick save with his right pad. The puck appeared to cross the line on one replay.
After a lengthy review, it was deemed no goal. It was correct call by the league, as they did not have conclusive video evidence.
I never thought this next sentence would be uttered. Perhaps the NHL should check in with soccer about goal line technology.
For years the beautiful game was scared of technology, but in the English Premier League, it is working now.
The referee’s wrist watch has a decision from the Hawk-Eye system within two seconds of the ball going over or not crossing the goal line.
We would not have to watch referees on head sets for five minutes.
One small thing, it is expensive. It cost each EPL club almost 460 grand to install the seven camera system. MLS stayed away because on top of the install, it costs over $4,000 a game to operate. The 20 EPL sides play 38 games per year compared to 30 NHL clubs who log 82 regular season games before playoffs.
Perhaps Gary Bettman could siphon some of that new expansion money from Vegas and the mystery city, Seattle towards that.
The owners would not go for that. Take away free money?
Perhaps if the price was right, it would guarantee the NHL would get it right.