In a speech to the National Pres Club today, Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz revealed that during recent NHL meetings the league reviewed the Joel Ward “No Goal” call that came in game 5 of the second round series against the Rangers. All 30 NHL head coaches reviewed the controversial play and all 30 head coaches voted that it was a good goal. Yes all 30. That means that even the Rangers voted it should have been a good goal. Let’s (painfully) refresh our memory:
The review of the play was part of discussions that led up to development of a new “Coaches Challenge” rule that was subsequently approved by the league. As you may recall, the Capitals were leading the series 3 games to 1 and looking to close out the Rangers, and the series. As we all know now, the Capitals could have used the goal.
A tweet from Washington Post reporter, Alex Prewitt:
The video of the speech. Trotz discusses this issue at the 52:40 mark the video.