The Colorado Avalanche were victims of two disallowed goals and some other bad calls by the referees in the game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Well, the Colorado Avalanche were at the mercy of the referees again. There were a lot of crimes committed, but the worst were the not one but two disallowed Avs goals.
The first disallowed goal came in the second period. Blake Comeau was in the crease. He made minimal shoulder to shoulder contact with the goalie. Meanwhile, the puck went flying in:
On the ice, the officials called a no-goal because of goalkeeper interference. The Colorado Avalanche requested a Coach’s Challenge on the play.
Unfortunately, after a review, the call on the ice stood. It also meant the Avalanche had forfeited their time out.
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And while that may have been an… okay call, the Coach’s Challenge meant the Avs didn’t have that option when they really needed it.
Because in the third period the officials called what’s roundly stated as a bogus no-goal call.
During the play, Ducks player Korbinian Holzer hits Alexander Kerfoot into Reto Berra. Kerfoot tries hard to get out of the crease. However, in the aftermath of his being pushed into the goalie, the puck comes whizzing it, hits him in the back, and flies into the net.
Despite Kerfoot being pushed into the goalie by a Duck and Kerfoot trying his best to get out of the way, the goal was disallowed. Unfortunately, Colorado had used it’s Coach’s Challenge on the first disallowed goal, so there was no hope.
Here’s video of the disallowed goal (start 2:23):
Here’s a picture of the direct aftermath of the disallowed goal:
Even the local LEOs (law enforcement officers for those of you who don’t watch Criminal Minds) couldn’t believe that call:
Who knew cops could be ironic?
In any case, I was listening to that part of the game while driving home for work. The booing was so loud, I suspected I was hearing it from Pepsi Center two miles away. It was so protracted, I thought the fans in the Can were going to burn the place down.
On top of all that, Gabriel Landeskog, was furious. You see his Viking roots when he’s halfway to Beserker like that. Even the normally unflappable coach Jared Bednar looked, well, flapped.
Perhaps the “best” bad call by the refs — or most egregious — was their failure to call this play:
Anaheim center Derek Grant looked like he was going oyster shucking for center Nathan MacKinnon’s eye. It’s horrible to see our star center ripping his helmet off and moaning “My eye. Oh, no. No, no, no, no.” Horrible, just… gut-wrenching.
The attack affected his vision at first, but reports from Bednar are that his vision is fine and he’s expected to play tomorrow against the Dallas Stars. Sigh of relief.
To end on a positive note, something the officials couldn’t mesh up for the Colorado Avalanche, it appears Matt Duchene and Mikko Rantanen have developed a secret handshake:
The players are developing chemistry and having fun, despite the officials best attempts to bring them down. As players and analysts alike have pointed out, in this kind of game last year, the Colorado Avalanche would have gotten demoralized, and they would have lost.