Report: NHL to examine adding cameras inside goalposts
In the league's attempts to further improve goal line technology, the NHL will reportedly consider a proposal to add cameras inside the goalposts.
Even in the world of video reviews and where there is a camera seemingly everywhere possible, the NHL's goal-line technology is not what it could be. If it were then situations like what happened on Tuesday night in Philadelphia wouldn't be an issue anymore.
In the third period of a tie game the Senators had what they believed was a goal. Flyers goalie Steve Mason was out of position and all that was between Kyle Turris and the back of the net were the skates of Nicklas Grossmann. The puck went off one skate and then the other, the second skate positioned almost entirely across the goal line.
The call made on the ice was no goal and the war room in Toronto was unable to overturn the call one way or the other. As the NHL explained: "Video review was inconclusive in determining whether Kyle Turris' shot completely crossed the goal line therefore the referee's call on the ice stands -- no goal Ottawa."
It didn't sit well with the Senators or their fans but it was virtually impossible to see if the puck clearly crossed the line, especially since the puck wasn't actually on the ice but airborne. Moments later the Flyers scored not once but twice and the call stung that much more.
NHL Hockey Operations is expected to meet with a group in the near future that has designed a camera system that can be installed in the posts of the nets. This system may provide a more clear view of the goal line and by design may assist the league in determining -- conclusively -- whether or not the puck crosses the line.
The NHL is very sensitive to this issue and would love to find the technology that can deliver 100 per cent accuracy. That's unlikely to happen anytime soon, so Hockey Operations does its best to deliver consistency.
As it stands now there are already cameras inside the nets, sitting on the back of the cage. But often times those views are obscured by the players and their equipment. Same with views from up above, it's not always possible to see the puck.
Additional cameras in the posts would help but it's certainly still no guarantee that it would prevent instances like Tuesday night; they could be blocked just the same as the other cameras get blocked but it's certainly something that would further help. Decreasing the number of goals that cannot be clearly seen is better than nothing.
However it seems the only way that a true resolution will ever be found will involve technology beyond cameras and there's no sign that any of that is close so in the meantime the NHL will have to do what it can and more cameras can't hurt.
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