Opinion: Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not?

This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required.

What happened Wednesday, when the San Jose Sharks scored an overtime goal on a play that should’ve been blown dead on a hand pass, shows this is a five-alarm problem. That play (a hand pass) leading up to the goal is not on the list of reasons why a goal can be reviewed.

There have been far too many officiating misses or incorrect calls, too many teams suffering, too much NHL embarrassment.

As a starter, officials should be allowed to use replay on any scoring play. No longer should we hear broadcasters say after a goal, “This is not a reviewable play.”

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