Burke: ‘No idea’ how Matthews goal wasn’t goalie interference

Matt Kalman
April 20, 2019 - 12:33 pm

Trying to find someone not employed by the NHL or the Toronto Maple Leafs that agrees with the ruling that Auston Matthews’ goal Friday against the Bruins wasn’t goaltender interference has been Whitey Bulger-style manhunt.

Brian Burke, now an analyst for Sportsnet, once was the president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. More importantly, he was once executive and vice president and director hockey operations of the NHL, and he’s a known defender of the league office.

Not this time.

Even Burke couldn’t understand how Zach Hyman’s contact with Tuukka Rask on Matthews’ go-ahead goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first round didn’t nullify the goal.

“I have no idea how people the Situation Room could’ve watched this play and not concluded it was goaltender interference in a 0-0 game.”

Earlier, Burke expanded on what he saw and how he would’ve ruled the play.

“Well I watched this play happen – and again I got no dog in this fight – I don’t care which team wins this game. But Zach Hyman initiates the contact with McAvoy and then backs right into the goaltender,” Burke said. “It’s a bang-bang play, there’s no question in my mind that’s goalie interference. And as the delay went on I said ‘this works in the Leafs favor.’ The longer the debate goes on the more likely it is they’re going to rule it’s a good goal and not goalie interference. To me it should’ve been a quick review and a non-goal.”

Unfortunately for the Bruins, neither Burke nor the legions of former and current goalies on Twitter, nor pretty much anyone that won’t benefit from a Maple Leafs win had a hand in the decision. Now Boston heads to Toronto for Game 6 on Sunday down 3-2 in the series.


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