NHL issues statement on major controversy in Game 6.

NHL issues statement on major controversy in Game 6.

The National Hockey League tries to explain a highly controversial decision in Game 6.

Jonathan Larivee

The National Hockey League narrowly avoided a truly major controversy and the outrage of an NHL fan base last night thanks to the play of Dallas Stars forward Matt Duchene, but that hasn't made the moment in question any less controversial.

The league infuriated the Dallas Stars fan base on Friday night after a seemingly good goal from Stars forward Mason Marchment was ruled no good due to goaltender interference. The call itself was controversial but the circumstances of that goal, a series-clinching goal in the overtime period of an elimination game, caused that controversy to be amplified several times over.

First let's take a look at the play in question:

It was perhaps the single biggest moment of Marchment's NHL career but it was taken away from him due to a goaltender interference call, one that most fans and pundits do not appear to agree with. Here is a close up and slow motion look at the moment the goal crosses the goal line.

The NHL has since released it's explanation of the situation, but that has seemingly only added more fuel to the fire.

allenge Initiated By: Situation Room

Type of Challenge
: Goaltender Interference

: Call on the ice is upheld - No goal Dallas

Video review supported the Referee's call on the ice that Dallas' Matt Duchene impaired Alexandar Georgiev's ability to play his position in the crease prior to the puck entering the Colorado net. The decision was made in accordance with Rule 69.1 which states, in part, "Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper's ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal."

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