Mason Raymond’s Shootout Goal Saturday Re-ignites Debate

As long as there is no stopping of the puck, the goal is good, that is why it stood during Saturday's Leaf/Senator game, which required a shootout to determine a winner.

As long as there is no stopping of the puck, the goal is good, that is why it stood during Saturday’s Leaf/Senator game, which required a shootout to determine a winner.

BY:Jeff Schneberk

You have got to hand it to the CTV office in Toronto. Instead of writing something stupid about how the Leafs are on a winning streak that nobody could have expected, they tackle the ‘issue’ of the spin-o-rama move and whether or not it should be an illegal move when it comes to the penalty shot/shooutout.

After all, Senators’ Head Coach Paul MacLean went crazy just after it happened. It seems as though there is a grey area on the idea of whether or not it is, in fact, legal or illegal.

MacLean explained that he thought Raymond came to a full stop and that the puck went backwards before going forward towards the net. Officials told the Senators that the goal counted because the puck was always moving forward.

This goal at least seemed legal. If there is no contact made with the goalie, and the puck doesn’t stop moving forward, then it’s fair game.

Here is what Colin Campbell, NHL executive vice president and director of hockey
operations, had to say:

“When you spin around and put your butt into the goaltender or if you go (into) the crease, you are dangerously close to being called for goaltender interference; particularly if you do make contact with the goalie in his crease, it would be disallowed,” Campbell said.

“If the puck stops, or if the player’s momentum stops, and particularly reverses, then there’s an issue,” Campbell said. “The problem is if you’re skating forward, you can pull the puck back, or stickhandle, and that will stop (the puck) at times, or a curl-and-drag sometimes will stop it. There is some confusion and misinterpretation.”

The confusion made it a topic of conversation after the Senators blew a two-goal lead before losing 5-4 in the Maple Leafs’ home opener.

Raymond’s move generated plenty of debate, and it’s likely not the last time the spin-o-rama move will have some opposing players and coaches unhappy. In providing some clarity on the rule, though, the NHL gave an update that should prevent teams from believing on old or incorrect information.
“What I said to the managers on our call, to managers and coaches, to make sure to inform the players that if they do try this move that we will be examining it closely and they could very well have a goal taken back,” Campbell said, as quoted by the league’s site.

“It could happen if:

1) there is interference on the goaltender or

2) the puck stops completely or

3) their motion stops completely and/or reverses.”

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.
“News to me,” he said. “It went in the net. What didn’t you understand?”

What Raymond understands is that he’s had some success with the spin-o-rama. That’s why he did it Saturday.
“It’s one that seems to raise some debate and there’s going to be a little more of it,” Raymond said. “If I can use it, why not?”
The NHL put out a story on its website clarifying the situation on Sunday night.

“I think it’s a very unfair play for the goaltender for the guy to come in and blow snow on him,” MacLean said, explaining why he thought Raymond’s attempt shouldn’t have counted.
Campbell said the spin-o-rama move has been discussed at general managers meetings in the past and that “there wasn’t a lot of appetite for them.” MacLean’s concern about goaltenders appeared valid.



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