Goalie interference on agenda for NHL’s GM meeting

NEW YORK — The NHL competition committee, which includes Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, tackled a range of topics in a five-hour meeting on Monday in New York, ahead of the league’s general managers meeting on Wednesday. Among the issues they discussed were expanded video review, particularly on goaltender interference, changes to overtime, and a potential crackdown on embellishment.

But it doesn’t appear things will get any easier for New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist any time soon. Lundqvist and the Rangers were incensed about Dwight King’s goal in the third period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday — a goal they felt should have been waved off for goalie interference.

“It’s always a hot topic in the playoffs and certainly today,” NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said at Madison Square Garden on Monday. “The managers have addressed this topic over the past four or five years continuously and always trying to resolve this, whether it’s with a coach’s challenge or a referee review on the ice in the penalty box, a number of ways.


“But one thing we did resolve today, if there is no video review of goalie interference, we’ll have more education this summer, with video examples. Education that’s meant for our players and our referees regarding how to call goaltender interference in various situations, so it can be more defined in that area.

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“If we go there, it’s going to be a very difficult review to make.”

The NHLPA’s Mathieu Schneider emphasized how often two people looking at a video review can have different interpretations, emphasizing the importance of education.

“We want to maybe err on the side of the goalie more often,” he said.

Asked about the opinions among the committee on the King goal, Schneider said, “I would say it was a split room.”


As for overall expanded video review, Campbell said the committee felt that “it might create more problems than it would solve.” They didn’t come to any resolution on the issue, but there will be more discussion about it Wednesday, as well as about allowing coaches to make challenges.

“I think the underlying fundamental here is that if you’re going to go to video review in a given area, there is the expectation of certainty once we decide that,” Schneider said. “And it’s just not there. It’s very difficult. The type of things that we’re talking about, a possible coach’s challenge, are things that we might be able to be certain on. But there’s still a ton of gray area.”

Campbell was most emphatic when talking about embellishment, which he called “a real problem today.”

“We understand players try to draw penalties,’’ he said. “We feel it’s out of control.”

Campbell said there would not be a game suspension for it, but there could be a warning and fines. There also has been talk about assessing fines to the coach or the organization for the infraction.


Other recommendations from the committee included expanding the trapezoid behind the net by a total of 4 feet — 2 on each side at the goal line — in order to give goaltenders a bigger area to play the puck.

It also recommended that teams switch ends after regulation and that the ice be dry scraped after regulation instead of before a shootout — the goal to try to end games in overtime. The committee also advised more lenient rules on kicking the puck on video review, something that will now be considered by the players.

Edge razor thin

The Rangers returned to Madison Square Garden down by two games to the Kings, who have not led for a second in the series. That was something New York was clinging to before Game 3, which it lost, 3-0.

As Martin St. Louis said before the game, “I think we all know that it could be the other way around — us 2-0 coming home.”

It helps that the Rangers are home. Coach Alain Vigneault said before Game 3 that the Rangers needed to “hold serve.”

“There’s no doubt that’s a plus for us,” St. Louis said. “We had two hard-fought battles there in LA and didn’t get the result. It’s nice to come back in this barn and keep pushing and try to get the win.

“We definitely feel the energy in the building. We’re home and we feel it.”

Quiet protest

Asked whether he had communicated with the NHL about King’s goal, Vigneault said, “Yeah, I did. It will just be between me and the league.” . . . Former Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma joined the NHL Network to serve as a studio analyst for the Final . . . Marian Gaborik returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time since he was traded in April 2013 by the Rangers to the Blue Jackets. He was again traded this season at the trade deadline to the Kings.

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