NHL general managers set to talk about overtime changes at March meeting
To start things off Detroit managed to get the tying goal and that should not have happened. It was the referees fault that they did not notice and flag the goal as it did not make contact with the protective netting. At the end of the match the Kings lost the game during shootouts.
To make the matters even graver in the match, the aftermath showed that the Red Wing could have been out of the playoffs altogether if it was not but that goal which was not noticed by the referee. For GM Ken Holland, this is a serious matter and he is not the only one sharing that view as all other GMs are pursuing the matter with same approach.
The general managers and the fans readily agree on point that all games should be fair no matter how they turn out. That means they don’t like to see such bad calls being made and the ramifications of the decision being so tremendous as giving a playoffs spot. When overtime is called it is done so that the match may not end in a tie.
Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said that he wanted the games played to be decided on skill and playing in a shootout really brought out some negative aspects of the game.
"I would prefer for our game to be decided by playing hockey instead of the skill part of the game, which is the shootout. It's really tough. You can play a great game, play a great overtime and then you go to a shootout,” he said, “and just because you lose a shootout it feels like you've lost the game -- and you have, and it hurts because you played such a good game. I would rather lose a game by playing the game."