Sutter disagreed with no-goal call, but protocol followed - LA Kings Insider

With the rule changes that now allow for coaches to challenge a goal or no-goal call on the basis of “Interference on the Goal Keeper,” Darryl Sutter spoke before the season about how an official’s discretion would weigh heavily on goaltender interference calls, and that the original calls would almost always stand. This theory was put into practice when the Kings were unsuccessful in their first coach’s challenge of the season.

Sutter didn’t want to get into the specifics about Rule 69.7, in which incidental contact is permitted if a goaltender and attacking player are “simultaneously attempting to play a loose puck.”

“I don’t know if that’s a speeding ticket, or what,” he said of Rule 69.7.

But he did articulate that the puck stuffed into the net by Nick Shore in the first period of Monday’s 3-1 win at Florida should have been a good goal, that protocol was clearly followed, and that the Kings simply missed out on doubling their early lead because of the original no-goal call and the officials’ discretion. He explained the two separate processes at work during a play in which Al Montoya was unfortunately injured and had to be removed from the game:

“…99% of all goalie – whatever you want to call that word, interference, or whatever it is – is still the discretion of the referee, so if you looked at the play, I’m sure if you were watching it live, that Dave Jackson was standing behind the net and waved it off. Correct? Correct. … So he waved it off. Then he goes over, the net comes off, also. So, first off if he’s going to wave it off, he’s going to go check to make sure because the rule is that we can throw our shoe out, right, if we think it’s the wrong call. So he made the right call by going over there and checking and saying, ‘the puck was in the net before the net was off.’ The net came off, too, so that’s what they reviewed. So that’s not a coach’s review. He goes over and checks. OK, just in case there is a coach’s challenge, was the puck in the net before the net comes off? So that’s what it is.”

“Then they come over. They did everything right. It’s very standard protocol. … So they came back, asked if we were going to challenge, I said, ‘yes.’ They went up, and still, it was discretion. He looks at it. Reviewed. The guy’s hat was off – the goalie’s hat was knocked off – and they had to call the wagon to get him off the ice, so it was tough to go the other way. It’s a goal. You know what? That’s their interpretation, but I’d throw it every time on that, for sure. Why wouldn’t you? The score’s one-nothing. It’s better to have a two-goal lead than a one-goal lead.”

For what it’s worth, Sutter also noted that he thought that a penalty shot should have resulted from Aaron Ekblad’s first period hook on Jeff Carter’s breakaway. In the end, it mattered little because the Kings ended up winning the game, and, as he noted during the coach’s challenge, his players got a breather.

“…They probably sold 500 more beers. Had a six-minute intermission there.”

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.