Debate continues as Jets fall in OT to Golden Knights

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If you thought the debate about goalie interference was going to quiet down after the meetings at the NHL All Star weekend and the memo sent around to all of the teams, think again.

As was the case going into the discussions, players, coaches and management folks still aren clear when goals should count and when they should be disallowed.

Exhibit A occurred with 90 seconds remaining in the second period on Thursday as the Vegas Golden Knights scored the go ahead goal during a power play in what turned out to be a 3 2 overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

Golden Knights centre Erik Haula found a loose puck behind Connor Hellebuyck and jammed it home, but as he was doing so forward James Neal broke his stick across the mask of the Jets goalie.

Following a lengthy discussion, the officials ruled that the call on the ice was a goal, conceivably believing the puck was already loose behind Hellebuyck before the slash took place.

Jets head coach Paul Maurice used his coach challenge, arguing the play was an example of goalie interference.

But after review, the play on the ice stood and the goal counted leaving many Jets scratching their heads.

been an outcry with the league to get this right, said Jets captain Blake Wheeler. now it bad. It was bad before but come on, he (expletive) breaks a stick over his head. That not a goal. I don care where the puck is. Right before we went over there, I was told that if Connor in the crease and he makes contact with him with his stick, it no goal. So, I came back to the bench pretty confident that it was going to be no goal. If anything, we should have been on a five minute power play or something. That was tough. was incensed when asked for his interpretation of the call.

(the official) said is the puck wasn covered, it was laying in the crease, so the guy was allowed to take a two hand smack to my face. I don understand it. I think it a terrible call, said Hellebuyck, who finished with 28 saves. would think the video replay is there for that reason. I don even think their team wanted that goal. Obviously they going to take it. That just dirty and I don put it on them. That hockey. I can take a stick to the face. But just because I don throw my head back and make it obvious, I feel like I got kind of screwed on this. This is my fourth goal with my helmet, having an issue with it.

with my helmet off, goal with my buckle off, goal where a guy trampled me. Maybe I should start diving a little bit, that just ridiculous. was both confused and concerned by the call.

don know how there would be an event that would be more egregious with goaltender interference, Debate continues as Jets fall in OT to Golden Knights
just beyond the spirit of the rule, said Maurice. idea that a guy could clean a goalie out would be goalie interference, but a two hand to the head wouldn What are we going to do with our goalies now? The puck loose in the crease, so swing away?

memo came down they were going to let more go. We can have people swinging at our goalie heads. You can allow that to creep into the game. The whole thing started to protect the goaltenders. I would have thought that one, yeah, okay bumping a goalie might be one thing, rubbing him a little bit, pushing him a little bit, but if you hit him in the head with your stick and break it, we probably don want that in our game. from the controversy, special teams were a major factor in the contest.

With the Jets holding a 1 0 lead after a first period gift from goalie Marc Andre Fleury lost the puck behind the net, allowing Matt Hendricks to get the puck to Joel Armia in front for the tap in.

A disjointed power play for the Jets turned the tables in favour of the Golden Knights, as Reilly Smith knocked Wheeler off the puck, walked in on a breakaway and buried a high wrister over the glove of Hellebuyck for a shorthanded marker.

Wheeler took full responsibility for the turnover.

a tough loss. We had that game in control, said Wheeler. made a tough play there to give them one and they took a little bit of momentum from there. But they didn spend a lot of time in our zone so it kind of a frustrating one to let go away. But it a good team over there. Connor evened the score with 2:36 left in regulation time to allow the Jets to bank a point, but after some frantic action in overtime, David Perron won it for the Golden Knights at 3:57.

The Jets, who are 30 13 9 and face the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, had several glorious opportunities to score in extra time, including a blast from defenceman Josh Morrissey that was blocked by Haula.

had a couple good chances in overtime, just couldn cross the line so it frustrating, said Morrissey. don know. From my angle, I saw it hit the post. I haven seen the video on it yet. I think it came out. Like it hit the post and then sort of came out on the inside, so it almost hard to do. So I don know how that didn stay. It didn go in, Debate continues as Jets fall in OT to Golden Knights
but it frustrating.