Last night’s controversial decision by the referees to waive off what would have been a game-tying goal for the Rangers because of Gaborik’s supposed goaltender interference has been a point of discussion in the hockey world and one that has polarized the masses; some (majority of whom are Devls fans) believe it was the right call and others insisted the refs blew the call.
So what better person to end the debate than a purely objective, recently retired and future Hall of Fame referee? Keep reading to see what Kerry Fraser, who occasionally writes about referee decisions for TSN, had to say about the incident.
As I saw the reverse look of the play, I noticed Gaborik’s left skate break from his natural stopping motion and slide marginally to the left, causing an unnatural fall into Brodeur with Anton Volchenkov exerting backdoor pressure on Gaborik from the opposite side.
Upon closer inspection (replays here folks), we see that Volchenkov places his stick between the legs of Gaborik and the pressure exerted causes the NY Ranger to fall and crash into Brodeur. The clear evidence is seen when the players attempt to untangle themselves in the crease. Vochenkov’s stick blade can be found stuck in the plastic blade holder of Gaborik’s left skate!
Fraser then goes on to say that the Rangers “certainly lost at least one point” because of referee error. He further makes the argument for referees having the ability to review the call via replay and thus have the ability to correct the decision if necessary. That is a topic for another article. Right now, what concerns me is that a Hall of Fame referee has no doubt that the Rangers were the victim of a terrible call and lost out on potential points because of it.