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Officials assessed the possible responses to Saturday's Game 2 third-period goal by
The Kings followed the goal with another to force overtime, then finally beat the Rangers, 5-4, in double overtime.
One of the concerns with changing the scrutiny of goalie-interference plays is that the NHL wants video replays to provide certainty, said former Kings defenseman Mathieu Schneider, the NHL Players' Assn. special assistant to the executive director.
"It could be as clear as mud," said Colin Campbell, NHL director of hockey operation.
The competition committee, a mix of players and general managers, reviews rules and suggests changes when necessary.
In Saturday's play, King tangled with McDonagh, then fell forward on top of Lundqvist's right leg as a shot by Kings defenseman
Schneider said one solution — with league general managers meeting Wednesday — could be an agreement to provide on-ice officials more latitude to wave off goals when players collide with goalies. But that has issues too.
The league is "trying to increase scoring," Schneider said.
While Lundqvist argued afterward with a referee's explanation that the puck had passed him and King before contact, Campbell said some plays are best left to instant judgment.
"Goaltender interference, I'm telling you right now, if we go there, it's going to be a very difficult review," Campbell said, noting the varying judgments involved in the King-Lundqvist play alone.
"The defenseman pushed him in. No he didn't. The puck was past him. No it wasn't. The goalie's embellishing … he plays the crease…. If it was easy, we would've done it a long time ago.
"It's the bigger picture of reviews: Where do we go? How far do we go? How much do we slow [the game] down?"
Campbell said another play involving the Kings this season is likely to prompt an adjustment.
On Jan. 18, a shot by
The goal shouldn't have counted, and was followed by Detroit winning in a shootout.
"No one on the ice saw it … that's something we talked about today," Campbell said of expanding a play like that to video review. "We follow rules strictly … but it's just as our managers say, 'Get it right.' That's what we're trying to do under the topic of goalie interference — without causing more problems. It's a difficult thing to get right."