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Controversial No-Goal Call Preserves Jones Shutout

If you haven’t made a prediction for this year’s Vezina Trophy winner yet, it would be a good idea to go with Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks.

Jones recorded his second consecutive shutout on Tuesday night by stopping 31 shots against the Capitals at Verizon Center in Washington. The Caps were facing adversity heading into the game because Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were both missing from the lineup. In the second period, they faced some more.

Trailing 3-0 in the game, the Caps thought they had pulled closer by a goal when Dmitry Orlov blasted home a shot from the hash marks. The play was originally called a goal, but Sharks’ Head Coach Peter DeBoer took a gamble by using his one-and-only coach’s challenge – and won.



The crowd was stunned that it was called back, but referee Tim Peel explained that he reversed the call because he felt that Jay Beagle interfered with Jones enough that it caused him to be unable to “do his job” properly.

Here at InGoal we are notably biased towards the goaltender, but this seems like a bit much. If a player makes contact with a goaltender’s hands, it should definitely be called back, but it doesn’t look like Beagle actually makes any contact with Jones at any point. Sure, he was in the crease, but goalies are used to battling with players for a sight line.

With the new “coach’s challenge” rules in place, most people figured that it would put an end to debates like this. Apparently not.

More goals are likely to be disallowed than allowed because of the rule changes, but what do you think? Was this the right call, or is it a bit overboard?

With the shutout, Jones not only has two shutouts with the Sharks in three games, but he did something that hasn’t been achieved since 1939:

It’s a shame that the record will be tainted for some by this controversial call, but it didn’t end up factoring into the game – the Sharks won 5-0.


About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.


  1. Steve

    From the overhead view, you can clearly see his glove hand being pushed forward by Beagle. While slight, it’s still enough to throw a goalie off.

  2. Brian

    I think the issue is with the players stick hitting jones’ stick to keep his block hand down if not for that the little bumb to the glove hand should not be enough to be even considered they are professionals and a little bumb like that should not throw him off, he is not playing basketball.

  3. Pete

    And watch how his skate takes out Jones’s stick. Totally throws him off on the stick side. Good reversal.

  4. Marc

    What are u guys talking about? He’s clearly interfered with…

  5. Michael

    It also looks like Beagle hit Jones’s stick in the overhead even if the glove and pad contact was minimal. There’s a thin line between a screen and interference and I think Beagle definitely crossed it here.

  6. Dave

    I’m a goalie too, but if all it takes is a little bump on some of you guys in the comments to throw you off, then you aren’t very good at your position. Jones didn’t complain after the goal because he knew it was a good goal.

  7. Gretchen

    Sharks’ fan here–this “shutout” has a big * next to it in my book, the refs were so pro-Sharks it was embarrassing. If I were Jones, I’d know I was scored on twice. I admit, I want to see him playing from behind to see if he’s still so calm, if he’s truly good, or just riding that hot streak pretty much every goalie has at some point. His record last season points to the latter being true.

  8. SteveT

    Should have been a goal. After playing 40+ years between the pipes I dread hockey will become “more accurate” (like football), with challenges, video replays, and in game debates. Keep the lawyer types out and let the warriors play the game!
    Oh yeah, get rid of the trapezoid and let me play the puck!

  9. Richard

    No way was it interference. Overhead – Beagle bumps glove “towards the shot” and then touches goalie stick before Jones even reacts. Jones reacted to the puck as it was already going by him. His stick was not impeded from moving towards the puck. He just plain missed it. My son is a goalie so I’m definitely biased, but if happened to my boy I would tell him that he was too preoccupied by the player doing his job instead of keeping his eye on the puck.