Lucic, McLellan no longer sure what counts as goalie interference

Posted: 07/05/2017 in NHL, Sports
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Rickard Rakell‘s controversial game-tying goal in the waning seconds of Game 5 between the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks left many on the Edmonton side confused and frustrated by trying to understand the definition of goaltender interference.

“If someone knows what goalie interference is anymore, please call me and tell me,” Oilers forward Milan Lucic told TSN’s Frank Seravalli after Friday’s game.

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan was at a similar loss.

“We’re disappointed, but we can’t be mad at anybody. … Interference? You’re asking the wrong guy, I don’t know what that is anymore,” he told John Hoven of

On the Rakell goal, netminder Cam Talbot had to deal with a sprawling Corey Perry on top of him and Ryan Kesler appeared to grab Talbot’s pad with his hand. The goal was allowed because Kesler was shoved into the crease by Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse.

It stood as Anaheim’s third tally in the final three minutes of the game. Perry went on to complete the comeback and give the Ducks the win in double overtime.

The Oilers get a chance to even the series at three games apiece Sunday on home ice.


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