Here's the video of the waved-off goal. Henrik Sedin appears to have tied the game, but Daniel Sedin's actions cause this goal to be disallowed. Check it out.
As you can see, Martell waves off the goal almost immediately, but it's the replay that tells the whole story. If anything, it appears that Lehtonen makes contact with Daniel Sedin as the puck deflects to Henrik Sedin who is all alone at the side of the net. Daniel, it seems, screens Lehtonen pretty well, but it's Lehtonen's glove on the back of Daniel Sedin's leg that causes the forward to stumble, thereby making it easy for Rob Martell to wave the goal off.
This is the point of the game, though, where an NHL coach should be able to speak to the referee and ask for a review on the play. If they can review a home run in baseball, shouldn't an NHL coach be able to ask for a review on a goal? Especially when it could result in the loss of at least a point in a game? I know that football coaches can throw the challenge flag, but I do think that an NHL coach should be able to use their timeout to be able to ask the referee to review a goal-scoring play.
If the coach is wrong, the coach loses his timeout and we're back to the game with that coach not having a timeout to use because he, in essence, wasted the referee's time in asking for a review. If the play is overturned and a goal is found to be a good goal, the timeout is restored because justice was served. It's basically the same idea as football with the only caveats being that a coach can only use their timeout once for this reason and it can only be used on goals that have been waved off during the course of a play. Makes sense, right?
Here's John Tortorella's view on the no-goal call. Again, I think he did very well at staying composed, but he's right when he says "we need to get the call right".
So I propose it to you, readers: how does the NHL fix this kind of situation? I offered up my solution above. Agree? Disagree? Think I'm completely nuts? Leave your comments below. I'd really like to hear how the NHL can mitigate this kind of problem going forward, especially when points are on the line. And if the Canucks miss the playoffs by a point this season, don't think we'll hear the last of this either.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!