What’s the Fouss? Poor Officiating Dictated the Final Outcome of the Stanley Cup Final, Which Is a Bad Look for the NHL

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Game 6 was an utter travesty if you are a Nashville Predators fan.  The Predators delivered their home crowd a hard-fought battle.  The Predators scratched and clawed, and even scored a goal that did not show up on the scoresheet.

The controversial no goal in Game 6 ended up costing the Predators in a major way.  If you missed it, here is the video replay:

The biggest error on this play is the positioning of the referee on the ice.  If there is a mad scramble in front of the net, it is important for the on-ice official to stand behind the net to try and track the puck.

Referees Kevin Pollock and Dan O’Halloran were nowhere near behind the net or around the net.  Both referees blew the whistle early and they lost sight of the puck.

While some might argue that crowd noise can become a factor, on-ice officials are trained to tune the crowd noise out.  Crowd noise is a nonfactor when it comes to getting in to proper positioning on the ice.


In the NHL rulebook, a goal scored cannot be challenged if a referee blows the whistle early and blows the play dead if he loses sight of the puck.  In this horrible case for Nashville, the Predators could only use their challenge for goaltender interference or offside.

After this incident, which cost Nashville significantly, the NHL should likely revise the rulebook and make a few changes.  The NHL war room could have likely seen that the puck was still loose in front of the Penguins net and they could have recognized that the referees on the ice blew their whistles too early.


A goal scored in the Stanley Cup Final is major for any club.  If Nashville goes up 1-0 and strikes first in the game, momentum would have likely swung their way.

Momentum is something that is often overlooked by many fans.  Any goal scored on the ice tilts the momentum in the favor for the team that scores the goal.  If Nashville’s goal that was overturned counted like it should have, would the Penguins have still won Game 6?  That scenario is unknown.  Fans should consider the momentum scenarios if Nashville’s first goal counts in the game.

It is important for officiating to get these calls right on the ice.  I am in favor of extended replays to get the calls right on the ice.  If the war room in Toronto has enough video evidence to overturn a referee’s “quick whistle,” Toronto should be able to do so.

The NHL has a good amount of video and audio at their disposal to tell if the whistle blows too early and they have enough cameras to see if a puck is still loose in front of the net.

There is no excuse for the NHL referees or Toronto war room to make costly mistakes that can decide outcomes of games.  Any goal that is scored is critical, whether it is in a regular season game or the Stanley Cup Final game.

The NHL needs to adjust the rules a little bit and they need to make them up-to-date with the current times.

By: George Foussekis

About George Foussekis

I am a sports fanatic. I love hockey and football, and I enjoy writing about my two favorite sports. I am a proud Old Dominion University alum.
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8 Responses to What’s the Fouss? Poor Officiating Dictated the Final Outcome of the Stanley Cup Final, Which Is a Bad Look for the NHL

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Caps sucking determined their series with the Pens! 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  2. Anonymous says:

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  3. Anonymous says:

    I Agree 100% Nashville got robbed n it cost them their chance to win the cup. That was a good goal n should have counted. It would have been Pittsburg pulling their goalie n could very well have ended 2-0 for Nashville.

  4. Paul H. says:

    Life goes on. BUT … There was absolutely NO excuse that Nashville was not awarded that goal. We ALL know that most, not all, referees have egos as big as the arena they are working in and ABSOLUTELY HATE admitting an error in their call. Sadly, they ignored NHL rules and tons of replay media instantly available to them. Therefore altering the outcome of the game. Nashville, never in a hundred years would have pulled their goalie when they did. In conclusion. Enjoy the spotlight Pittsburgh, next season the Predators are on the warpath and the cup is headed to Nashville.

    • Anonymous says:

      Might want to have a chat with the Washington Capitals, I’m sure they felt that way after their early exit 2 years ago. Same result this year. Think about it.

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