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Maple Leafs benefit from 'huge issue' NHL must fix - Sportsnet.ca

Right now, broken records are getting jealous.

TORONTO – It goes both ways, but it never goes away.

Goaltender interference — that unidentifiable, infuriating bang-bang play that wipes away seemingly good goals from a sport that needs them and confuses everyone involved — reared its ugly, angry head again Saturday night.

Unless some clarity and consensus is found quick, we’re bound to ratchet up the public criticism and nauseating slow-motion analysis come playoff time.

The NHL has to fix this, and soon. Right now, this is heading towards a Brett Hull skate in the crease moment in the playoffs.

In Red Wings Land

Red Wings’ call-up Svechnikov craving coveted ice time

Svechnikov played 5 minutes, 25 seconds on eight shifts in Friday’s 3-2 loss in Columbus, one night after playing 9:09 in his season debut in the loss to Vegas.

The plan was for Svechnikov to stay with the Red Wings these final weeks of the regular season so management and the coaching staff can get a fair evaluation of the 2015 first-round draft pick.

But through two games, coach Jeff Blashill is finding it hard to get Svechnikov on the ice.

“It’s hard certainly at five or six minutes, to play,” Blashill said. “But the other side of it is, when he gets a shift, he has to make an impact.

OK, maybe it’s just me. But doesn’t this sound like a situation where a player will feel enormous pressure to “get something done” every shift because if he doesn’t, he’ll sit on the bench? That’s not a recipe for success.

Look, the playoff chances are over. They were over a while ago, but now they are really dead and buried. Give him playing time and see what he’s got. Let him make mistakes and learn from them.

And while we’re at it, if Nielsen has “concussion symptoms” (like it says in the article), shut him down for a while and let him really recover. There’s no point in rushing him back.