New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) is called for interference

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NHL Makes New Rule Regarding Goaltender Interference

The new rule will go in to effect in all NHL games, beginning Wednesday.

March 27, 2018 - 5:53 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The NHL has changed the protocol for goaltender interference reviews, which will begin in all games starting this Wednesday.

When a coach challenges a ruling on goaltender interference the review will be made by league's situation room in Toronto – and not the on-ice officials. The NHL board of governors gave final approval of the change Tuesday, which was first recommended by general managers and approved by the competition committee.

GM's, coaches and players have voiced their displeasure about the previous system and the seemingly inconsistent calls made by referees using replay. The St. Louis Blues were the victims of a controversial call in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, on February 1. 

Goalie Jake Allen was pushed out of the crease by two Bruins players, but after a review the referees determined it was not goaltender interference.

Another example of an controversial call came on a goal that was taken away from the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this season: 

The league's original plan was to implement the protocol change at the start of playoffs. Instead, the final two-plus weeks of the regular season will include reviews being decided by a group that includes a former official.

Commissioner Gary Bettman says the intent was to maintain consistency across the board on goalie interference.