TORONTO - Video review baffled Ryan Miller and the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
The Canucks had a goal by Jannik Hansen disallowed because of what the NHL's situation room deemed a "distinct kicking motion" and also lost a coach's challenge on a goal by the Toronto Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul.
Miller, who allowed four goals in the 4-2 loss, thought each goal should have counted. He couldn't believe Hansen's goal early in the third period didn't.
"I don't know what this league's turning into," Miller said. "So he made a distinct kicking motion going backwards? I don't know, they changed the rules saying you could direct it with your skate as long as you don't kick, and he's moving his skate backwards. I'm very confused."
The NHL has allowed for a more liberal interpretation of kicked-in goals as a way to increase offence.
Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin said he has learned that video review "is a big guessing game."
Lupul's goal could have been disallowed based on the kind of contact that has taken others off the board so far this season. But the league wants to make sure incidental contact isn't being ruled goaltender interference.
Canucks coach Willie Desjardins gave it a shot but came up empty.
"I think they're all close calls," Desjardins said. "I can't say I agreed with them, but it doesn't matter. ... I thought it was tough. But they got a look at it, and that's what they called."
Leafs coach Mike Babcock, who has expressed frustration over goaltender interference and having goals disallowed because of minimal contact, said he doesn't have a gut feeling of what's going to happen when a play gets reviewed.
"I don't have a clue what's going to happen, so I just watch," Babcock said. "I just tell them, 'Let's be ready either way.'"
To add insult to injury for the Canucks, Radim Vrbata's goal with two seconds left was also disallowed because the play was offside.
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