Joe Pavelski squished between Aidin Hill and Alec Martinez
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Another awful call in the 2024 NHL Playoffs for goalie interference

Published May 1, 2024 at 8:54 PM

NHL officials have once again proven in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs that no one knows what goaltender interference is, and it's entirely up to the ref calling it

Another night in the NHL and another really awful call involving goaltender interference. The subject so far in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs has mostly dealt with goals scored that are waived off. In this case, it's about a penalty call.

The Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights are playing game 5 of their first round series tonight, with the teams deadlocked at two games each. In this case, Joe Pavelski of the Stars is hanging around the net, looking for a screen and/or deflection for his teammates. He was called for goaltender interference instead. Here's the video.

"Joe Pavelski was not thrilled about being penalized for goalie interference here


It's not hard to imagine Pavelski being angry with that call at all. Golden Knights defenceman Alec Martinez pretty much forced his hand, leaving Pavelski no choice but the make contact with netminder Adin Hill. Fans were as unhappy as Pavelski.

"Joe Pavelski gets called for goalie interference and the the AAC crowd is furious after seeing the replay - where it shows Pavelski gets hip-checked into Hill by Alec Martinez.

No one in the league seems to have any definitive idea of what constitutes goaltender interference, and when players are forced into netminders by other players. Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper was furious after two goals were overturned in game 5 against the Florida Panthers. The Bolts were eliminated after losing.
May 1   |   425 answers
Another awful call in the 2024 NHL Playoffs for goalie interference

Should this have been called goalie interference?

Yes22352.5 %
No16338.4 %
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