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Referees immediately waive off critical Oilers goal without review


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Liam McCormick
May 18, 2024  (7:08 PM)
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Bouchard's disallowed goal on Arturs Silovs
Photo credit: Sportsnet

The Edmonton Oilers scored a timely goal at the end of the first period, but the goal was immediately waived off - and strangely not reviewed.

Evan Bouchard scored from a slap shot near the blue line, but as the puck crossed the line, Canucks goaltender Arturs Silovs was down on the ice. Connor McDavid had crashed into Silovs, but he was clearly pushed into the net by the Canucks defender. Arturs Silovs also come directly to the top of the crease, and definitely went down a little too easy trying to draw a call.
The referees immediately called for no goal, and seemingly in the final second of the period had no appetite to review their call. Even Coach Knoblauch didn't initiate challenge, seemingly not wanting to risk the penalty for a wrong challenge in a tied game. Still, knowing that goaltender interference does not apply when the player is pushed into the crease, there was merit for the goal to be overturned.
On the NHL broadcast, Elliotte Friedman explained that he believed it would be goaltender interference because McDavid didn't make enough effort to get out of the crease. Many fans and players still feel there's a great inconsistency with goaltender interference calls, and in a situation like this, it's easy to see why.
»Even though [McDavid] gets squeezed between Blueger and Silovs, the fact that he goes in there on his own accord wipes out everything else.»

Tied at 1 after the first period, the Oilers are going to need to push together even more to try to steal a win from the Canucks and force a game 7.
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