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Tortorella was not happy with this charging call

Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:18 am
Edited on: December 14, 2011 12:28 am
By: Adam Gretz

The protection of goalies has been a hot topic in the NHL this season and it all started when Boston's Milan Lucic ran over Ryan Miller in a game back in November. During Tuesday's New York Rangers-Dallas Stars game, which the Stars won by a 1-0 margin thanks to a late third period goal from Trevor Daley and the first career shutout for rookie goalie Richard Bachman, Bachman left his crease in an effort to knock a loose puck away from Rangers forward Carl Hagelin.

There was a collision that resulted in Bachman losing his mask and being knocked to the ice, while Hagelin was assessed a two-minute minor for charging. It again needs to be pointed out that goalies, whether they're in the crease or out of the crease, are not fair game to be hit, and if the opposing team's skater doesn't make an effort to avoid the contact, the proper penalty is to be assessed.

That's not necessarily what happened with this incident, as evey replay angle shows that not only did Hagelin make an effort to avoid making contact with the Stars goalie, he's not even the player that made the actual contact with him -- it was Bachman's own teammate, defenseman Alex Goligoski, that hit him.

No penalty should have been called, and Rangers coach John Tortorella had a bit of an eruption on the bench, and rightfully so.

It's a good bet that shouting match is going to make an appearance on an episode of HBO's 24/7.

After the game, Tortorella said "The goalie came out 20 feet. Sometimes they feel they have to call something. It should've been a non-call."

He's absolutely right.

(H/T PHT for video)

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Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:05 pm

Tortorella was not happy with this charging call

Horrible call

Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:07 am

Tortorella was not happy with this charging call

You couldn't be more wrong.  Take a look at the video again and tell me if and when Hagelin saw the goalie.  The understanding that goalies are not fair game as you put has no bearing on this play at all.  Hagelin was racing for the puck and the goalie made an awful decison to come out of the crease as late as he did.  Hagelin did everything he could to avoid him when he saw him at the last split second.  A terrible call followed by a terrible comment.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:31 am

Tortorella was not happy with this charging call

That's just stupid, 1. Hagelin touched the puck first 2. The Dallas defensmen hit Bachmann and Hagelin clearly tried stopping after he won the race to the puck, of course he was skating full force to win the race so the charging call is even more ridiculous it's like calling an interference call on a legal check.

I guess goalies should start skating out of their crease for every offensive zone entry , this league never gets it right, either it's blown the first time when it should be called or then they call it whether wrong or right because it was missed the first time.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:52 am

Tortorella was not happy with this charging call

There is an understanding that Goalies are not fare game , even 20 feet out. The forward has to be smarter than that and avoid the whole situation. I'm not saying that it is necessarily fair but it is generally understood around the league you just don't do that. If that had happened to Lundqvist, Tortorella would have been just as pissed the other way for sure.

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