John Tortorella is not all that easy to get a rise out of but one of his star players for the Canucks, Henrik Sedin, is a lot tougher. The referees managed to get both of them worked up on Sunday night.
With the Stars holding onto a 1-0 lead in the second period, the Canucks were able to get one past Kari Lehtonen and into the net. Only it didn't stand as the referees made the always fun call of goaltender interference, wiping out the tying score for Vancouver.
Except there was hardly any interference to speak of at all. Daniel Sedin took up residence right in front of Lehtonen in the crease and was close to the Stars goalie but if there was any contact it was so minimal it wasn't noticeable and probably had next to no effect on Lehtonen covering his net on Henrik's shot.
Goaltending interference is a completely subjective call and will always be subject to controversy, sometimes calls are just missed or blown. That is certainly the case and it's clear to see why Torts and Henrik were so upset.
And seriously, Torts was upset (GIF via Sporting News).
John Tortorella still very "happy" with that "great" call. He is saying "nice" things to the "refs". #Canucks— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) November 18, 2013
Down the line the idea of replay challenges will increase and there will likely be increased discussion about goaltender interference as being reviewable, always tough when we're talking about completely judgmental/subjective calls. Unfotunately for the Canucks, that won't help them get this goal on the scoresheet on Sunday night.