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31 Thoughts: Trying to remedy the NHL’s goalie interference controversy

One week ago, we left warm-weather Tampa Bay, a sea of drunken pirates in our wake. Out came a memo on goaltender interference, asking for a return to the spirit of the rule: only “egregious” violations should result in scoring cancellations.

As Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said days later, the pendulum immediately swung from benefiting goalies to benefitting goals. The era of good feeling lasted two days.

At the All-Star meeting, it was agreed that Ryan Strome’s disallowed goal from Jan. 25 against Calgary should have counted. After all, Connor McDavid took the puck into the crease because he was trying to score, not trying to interfere.

So, when Boston ran into Jake Allen before a David Krejci goal one week later, I knew two things: it was going to count, and the Blues were going to be furious.

For once, I was right twice.

Some in the NHL love to poke at us, say we only care when controversy erupts around Auston Matthews or McDavid, or the Toronto Maple Leafs in general. Not this time. Detroit coach Jeff Blashill was furious with Florida’s game winner Saturday night, and that got national play. Hours later, Jason Demers, who was not in the lineup for Arizona, tweeted his disgust with a goal Los Angeles scored against his Coyotes.