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McKenzie: Holmstrom a victim of reputation in Game 4

Bob McKenzie
5/15/2008 12:41:17 AM
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The Dallas Stars were victimized earlier in their series with the Red Wings when Tomas Holmstrom was practically sitting in Marty Turco's lap when the Wings scored in Game 1.  Well, the hockey gods evened everything out in the end as the Wings had a goal disallowed in Game 4 for goaltender interference.

In the instance from Game 4, the Wings were victimized by the shift previous to the no-goal call. Holmstrom makes contact with Turco and the puck almost goes in. You've got to believe that the referees noticed the contact and started to think 'boy, if that puck had gone in would that have been a goal?' So the very next time that Holmstrom ended up on Turco's doorstep they were a little too quick to assume that Holmstrom was doing some damage.

Contact with a goaltender is not under the criteria for a review; however if you are going to use video review to decide something as subjective as a goal being scored with a high stick, than this should be a no-brainer. If a player is standing in front of the net it is much more clear-cut from the overhead view to see if there was contact or not with the goaltender. The NHL either needs to include interference in the criteria of goal review or get rid of the review of goals scored with a high stick.

Coburn Wants To Play

If Flyers' defenceman Braydon Coburn doesn't play in Game 4 it is because that a doctor has said that he would absolutely not clear him to play. 

Although his face remains a mess after taking a puck squarely in Game 2, he practiced Wednesday and if you watched him, you would have noticed he was tilting his head up to look out from underneath the swelling in his eye.

He has every intention of playing in Game 4 as do the Flyers, the only guy that can keep him out of the game is a doctor. That's good news as long as he has the stamina to be able to play enough minutes. There is no question that Philadelphia can use a bigger body on their back end with a little bit of mobility. They desperately need someone who can make the first pass and close the gap a little bit better then some of the guys they've got on their blue line right now.

Bob McKenzie

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