Replay talk revisited with Kings coming to The Joe

Niklas Kronwall scored with 26.1 seconds left in regulation to tie the game against the L.A. Kings in January.

Rick Osentoski

DETROIT — The Los Angeles Kings will likely never forget the last time they visited Joe Louis Arena.

The Wings won that Jan. 18, 2014 game because defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored with 26.1 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and then went on to win in a shootout.

You combine that play with the one that took place in Wednesday night’s game in Washington and you can see why some believe replay should be expanded.

In the first period Wednesday, Drew Miller’s goal was waved off because goaltender Braden Holtby fell getting back to the net and the referee called goaltender interference on Luke Glendening. 

The only problem was Glendening never touched him.

"When you’re done complaining and whining about it, by the time that’s all done, they can have it right," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "It takes two seconds to get it right. The referee never wants to get it wrong. He doesn’t want to watch the replay for three weeks of him getting it wrong either. He’d rather have it right.

"In the end he got it wrong. If you remember last year we scored a goal in here, if I’m not mistaken it was against L.A., it was wrong. But the time we got all this screwing around with we could have got it right. I think the league wants to get it right. I’m not in charge of this stuff and I don’t know how to do it, but I’m sure the league wants to get it right."

Gustav Nyquist isn’t sure how more replay would work.

"I don’t know, I think it would be a tough rule, I don’t know how they would do it," Nyquist said. "Obviously it should have been a goal for sure. But mistakes happen, they have a tough job. I don’t know how you would do it. I think that’s gonna be tough to kind of apply to the game."

Wings defenseman Brendan Smith believes the NHL could learn something from the NFL in that department.

"I like that idea of an extended replay or like football, a flag or challenge," Smith said. "It doesn’t matter to me how it works, as long as a disallowed goal is a disallowed goal. I guess the biggest word is consistent, right? If you have the video of a challenge you can look at it in slo-motion and see did he actually impede the goalie or did the goalie flop. All of these things are different. You just want to be accurate."

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