Russia definitely felt like it had the rug pulled out from underneath them after Fedor Tyutin’s obvious aim was waved off within the late phases of the preliminary-round recreation in opposition to the U.S. The rule was properly enforced on the ice, as the web was off its line by mere inches, nevertheless it left followers and players confused.
The disallowed aim has been the source of a lot consternation within the host country and referee Brad Meier has drawn most of Russia’s ire after that disallowed goal. Even Vladimir Putin had thoughts on the call, saying “Even referees generally makes errors.”
Within the NHL, the web will be barely off and the purpose will count, which led to questions in regards to the rule the International Ice Hockey Federation employs in regards to the net being displaced.
In response to IIHF president Rene Fasel, this rule is about to change.
Here’s the translation of Championat.ru’s interview with Fasel through Puck Daddy:
What are you able to say in regards to the disallowed goal because of the dislodged net?
We’ll change that rule. To disallow a aim because of two centimeters? That’s nonsense. However that is the present rule, nothing may be completed. That’s why I believe that this rule must be modified and officiate the way in which it is carried out in the NHL. That’s what we’ll do.”
The rule itself might be too rigid and it has by no means been clearer than it was in that key situation of the USA-Russia sport. It’s an unlucky thing to have had happened on the biggest stage, however thankfully it wasn’t in an elimination sport (Scary thought, though: that rule may rear its ugly head but again in this match).
So the IIHF will bend to the intense outrage, and it ought to, because it’s a dangerous rule, however it’s too late to vary the previous.
T.J. Oshie is probably pretty glad about that.