GIF: Canucks' apparent goal vs. Stars waved off by referee

by Nov 17, 9:30 PM

The Vancouver Canucks appeared to tie up their game with the Dallas Stars on Sunday night, but the goal was waved off immediately after the puck seems to find the twine.

Note the contrast between the goalies arms and defenseman Brendan Dillon's droopy disposition.

Courtesy Sportsnet

Nov 18, 8:38 AM

Stars G Lehtonen calls for increased video review after benefiting from blown call

by Nov 18, 8:38 AM

Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has played some magnificent hockey since returning from injury a couple of weeks ago. He stopped 42 of 43 shots in Vancouver on Sunday night and was full value in his third straight victory.

Lehtonen was fantastic on Sunday night, but he was also a bit lucky. In the second period an apparent Vancouver Canucks power-play goal scored by captain Henrik Sedin was disallowed due to goaltender interference.

"I thought they would not call it," Lehtonen told reporters post game. "But when you see it, maybe there is something but not too much.” Sedin agreed, describing the disallowed goal as a "made up call." Continued the Vancouver captain: "If it’s a 50-50 call, then I buy it. If it’s a 40-60, I buy it. Even 20-80. … Tough to take."

It's clear from Lehtonen's comments that he knew he was fortunate to have the goal waved off, but he still expressed sympathy for the referees. "It happens so fast," reasoned the Finnish goaltender. 

Lehtonen also took the opportunity to call for increased video review: "I’ve said it before, I wish they would maybe use some video replay or something just to make them right."

Nov 17, 10:59 PM

VIDEO: Henrik Sedin's goal vs. Stars waved off due to interference

by Nov 17, 10:59 PM

Henrik Sedin's goal against Kari Lehtonen and the Dallas Stars on Sunday night was waved off by the referee on an apparent interference call on brother Daniel.

Head coach John Tortorella, the Canucks and their fans were clearly upset about the call, especially after going on to lose the game 2-1.