Jon Cooper, the coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is dubious of the NHL video review system
John Cooper of Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t sure if coaches should contest goals with the NHL’s video rating system.
Cooper said he reduced Colorado Avalanche’s lead to 2-1 after Tampa Bay won 6-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. “If it’s mostly offside or offside, I don’t know why you have to make that decision when there’s a lot at stake.”
On Monday night, Lightning was able to challenge Colorado winger Valerie Neschsikkin’s first-half goal. This was undone after a video display showed defender Boyen Byram’s avalanche carried the puck out of the attacking area and caused it to be offside over the blue line. The Lightning Bench did not immediately show the coach’s challenge and there was a noticeable delay in looking at the bench from different angles.
“It was probably three times higher than what we normally get,” said Colorado President Jared Bednar. Mikko Lantanen said it was “a bit difficult” to be delayed after the goal.
“I don’t think [assistant] can drop the puck if there’s no one around,” Lantanen said. “I think he can do it, but it has never happened before. Good work from them, wait, wait and make sure he’s offside.” Good for them.
After the game, Cooper looked just as frustrated as his opponent.
“This is the case, and I mentioned it before,” he said. “We’re at the mercy of the replays we get, so anyone can delete what’s on top, not the new one, and black and white conversations can be overlooked.”
When asked why it took so long to make a decision on a challenge in Lightning’s place, Cooper speculated how long it took before an on-ice referee called to disqualify the goal. “It’s so close,” he said. “I don’t know how many angles they saw, but it must have been so long. The corner has finally been reached. The corner is an end zone and I don’t know where it comes from. The men inside didn’t know if the [ice] was white or granular. And I said, “Let’s go white now.”
If Lightning’s team hadn’t been up to the challenge, not only would the avalanche continue 1-0, but their strong play could have given them a chance to extend their lead. Cooper said he understands why there are rules for rating videos. But he said that on current systems, if there are video streaming issues or screen issues, it could be a problem. “I can’t afford the time,” he said. “It can be difficult. Luckily we ran away tonight. After all, everyone wants to get the right phone call and the right phone is offside. But he can be a little nervous. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to call. But she succeeded.