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NHL video reviews: Balancing do them fast vs. do them right

So, do we want video reviews conducted in the NHL's Toronto offices done quickly? Or do we want them done right?

And are those two things mutually exclusive?

Those are appropriate questions after Mike Murphy, the NHL's vice president of hockey operations, and his crew took about 10 minutes Thursday to award a goal to Matt Moulson — and a 3-2 overtime victory to the Islanders — and overturn an on-ice ruling that Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis had made a behind-the-back, flailing save with his glove of a puck floating toward the goal line.

Let's start with this: The ruling from Toronto was correct. Even Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said it was probably the right call, and his team lost.

But Murphy said the time it took to make the decision was "disappointing."

And that is the crux of the issue. You would think if several minutes of review do not provide conclusive evidence to overturn a call, you trust the on-ice officials and move on. The NFL gives its officials 60 seconds to watch replays during a challenge or review.

Murphy said he and his crew were "pretty sure" after about three minutes of review that the goal was good. But Murphy, who could not say if the review was his longest, said because a reversal would have ended the game, he wanted to see every replay available. He finally got the clincher, he said, on a side view of the Lightning net from New York's MSG Network.

Murphy said he is sympathetic to fans who booed in impatience, but the way the system is set up, that can be a consequence. There is no time limit and no super-secret league camera following the action. Murphy and his crew are beholden to watching replays provided by the entities televising the game. On Thursday that was MSG and Sun Sports.

"This is what we're saddled with," Murphy said and added, "We want to make sure we get it right. That's the most important thing. We're going to wait to get it right."

Contact Damian Cristodero at cristodero@sptimes.com. Follow his coverage at lightning.tampabay.com.

NHL video reviews: Balancing do them fast vs. do them right 10/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 23, 2010 10:16pm]
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