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Did Koivu interfere with Kronwall on game-winner?

Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:37 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 11:48 pm
By: Adam Gretz

The Detroit Red Wings lost their fifth straight game on Tuesday night, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to the Minnesota Wild thanks to a Devin Setoguchi power play goal 1:33 into the extra period, just 24 seconds after Johan Franzen was sent off for goaltender interference. Setoguchi was standing just outside the crease to bang in a rebound for his fourth goal of the season to end the game, but it's what happened just prior that has Red Wings fans  a little upset.

To the moving pictures!

After Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu, who scored his first goal of the season earlier in the game, attempted a one-timer from the top of the circle that was blocked, he and Detroit's Niklas Kronwall were involved in a race for the puck that ended when Koivu delivered a hit that left the newly signed Red Wings defenseman a bit stunned. But was it interference?

You can check out the entire Interference rule (Rule 56) in the NHL rule book right here. Do Red Wings fans have a legitimate gripe? Or is this is a good non-call and a good hockey play by Koivu? I'll say this: I've seen it called for less.

In other news, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports, via Twitter, that Kronwall was injured on the play and will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Rough night for the Red Wings.

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Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:42 am

Did Koivu interfere with Kronwall on game-winner?

Reading the Wings fans complain just makes it so much better. Saying it was an elbow to the head is ridiculous, saw it in slow-motion on my DVR and it looks more like it was him lowing his head around Koivu's shoulder blade. Plus Kronwall made that EXACT same hit with his back turned to a player with under 2 minutes left in regulation. As for the Franzen interference being a horrible call, Spurgeon is like 5'9'' 170 and there was barely contact, when the shot was coming Spurgeon was moving out of the way, yet Franzen went into Harding. The Red Wings dominated the game and the Wild had no business winning??? They dominated the 1st period really, and weren't able to get more than 1 past Harding who's been playing great. I'm sure somebody will claim Koivu's deflection goal with a minute left in regulation was a high stick too right? It's a game on November 1 and you're acting like you just got robbed out of a Game 7 or something. I'm sure Holmstrom or Bertuzzi have never interfered with a goalie in their entire career. I'll admit I've seen penalties called on less, but I've see no calls on a lot worse

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:02 am

Did Koivu interfere with Kronwall on game-winner?

I'm just amused that a team, and fans of said team for that matter, that employ a complete scumbag like Bertuzzi are crying about dirty play.  Irony at its finest right there.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:38 am

Did Koivu interfere with Kronwall on game-winner?

That was the strangest ending to a game I've seen in a long time.  Kronwall got hit pretty good without the puck.  The Wild player that scored the goal was interfering with Howard just prior to that hit.  Everyone on the ice was waiting for a call and then the two players that created the situation got together to score the winning goal.  It looked like the fans and players were still waiting for the refs to call something long after the goal.  Just very strange.  The play created a 4 on 2.  This was after an interference call on Franzen in overtime were he was in contact with the defensmen before contacting the goalie.  I'm not sure if the Red Wings became the dirtiest team in the league this year but the few games I've watched so far they have sat in the penalty box a lot more than the other teams.  If this is the case all year, I doubt they make the playoffs.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:50 am

Did Koivu interfere with Kronwall on game-winner?

Tough call, I think if it's anybody but Kronwall, Koivu gets the interference call, easy enough to assume half of his motion was to protect himself from contact and the other interference.    If Kronwall keeps his stick closer to the ice making it look like he's more interested in the puck than the body and Koivu's stick, I think he gets the call as well.    I'm glad it was a non-call in this case.  

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:46 am

Did Koivu interfere with Kronwall on game-winner?

Consider this though, the infamous hit on Martin Havlat that Kronwall laid in the 09 playoffs was called inteference and this was not.  At least on the Havlat hit, Kronwall thought that Havlat had the puck and didnt know the puck bounced off the boards oddly and was never played yet.  This was clearly interference on Koivu as he was not playing the puck at all.  The fact that the refs hit the Wings for 9 penalties in the game and this misses this one is just bad.

I can handle the Wings just being outplayed, but this was just highway robbery.  The Wild has no reason to win this game, yet the refs made sure the Wings were playing short handed alot tonight.  Alot of questionable calls and this obvious missed call just ruins a good game.  Way to often games are turning into Power Play fests and its really hard to watch.  I wonder if players are still complaining they cant get their 60 goals anymore and that is why the game is being called this way.

Hey NHL, your horrible refs stole this game from Detroit and this non-call is first rate BS and you know it 

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:15 am

Did Koivu interfere with Kronwall on game-winner?

I like how right after the zebra saw koivu go to hit Kronwall before going for the puck he then quickly looked away to the wing like he felt guilty for not calling it a penalty.

NHL refs suck in post lockout, that's a fact.

Enjoyed watching the NHL much more pre-lockout during one ref system. Adding the 2nd ref has led to more and more games turned into penaltyfests which are boring to watch.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:09 am

Did Koivu interfere with Kronwall on game-winner?

you seem to be lonely in here talking trash.

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:01 am

Did Koivu interfere with Kronwall on game-winner?

Whine some more Red Wings whine some more.

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