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Islanders: Three worst calls against them in last year

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 07: Barry Trotz the head coach of the New York Islanders argues the overtime goal as the Islanders were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 07, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. The Hurricanes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 07: Barry Trotz the head coach of the New York Islanders argues the overtime goal as the Islanders were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 07, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. The Hurricanes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 07: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the New York Islanders at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 07, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 07: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the New York Islanders at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 07, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Svechnikov High Stick

Against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 7 the Islanders were in a dog fight with their division rival. After 60 minutes the score was tied 2-2. Overtime would be needed to settle who got the second point.

At 1:36 into the extra frame, Vincent Trocheck would score a goal to settle it. Except it seemed like in playing the puck for the goal, Andrei Svechnikov had used a high-stick to play the puck.

According to the NHL rule book, it’s OK to play a puck so long as the contact with the puck is made below the shoulder (see rule 80.1). However, that changes if the puck goes directly into the net. A high stick for a goal is the hight of the crossbar (see rule 80.3).

The league felt that contact was made below Svechnikov’s shoulder and so it wasn’t a high stick. Looking at this still image I’d say the stick made contact above Svechnikov’s shoulder.

After a convergence around the iPad, the refs decided that it was a good goal. Barry Trotz was not happy afterward. Barry isn’t one to go after the refs, but when he was walking off the ice he had a rather heated exchange with the officials.

I have a hard time with this one. If the puck had gone in the net like Svechnikov had intended it to this wouldn’t have been a fair goal. But because it hit the crossbar and bounced to Trocheck it was a good goal. That’s ridiculous.

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What made this worse was Scott Mayfield was cut him under his eye and the Isles did not receive a call for it while the Isles took two double minors in the game without once causing injury.

At least the Islanders got a point in the game, but it felt like they were battling the Canes as well as the opposition in this one.

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