In the third period, it looked like the Dallas Stars had cut into the lead for the Colorado Avalanche with a goal off a scrum. Jared Bednar knew it was goaltender interference right away. Alexandar Georgiev said it looked like that was the case after he watched it on the Jumbotron.
In the end, they both were right. And it was a crucial moment in the game.
Both Georgiev and Bednar talked after the game about the goaltender interference challenge and what they saw. Georgiev also talked about his attempt at the empty net, which did not go so well.
Take a look at Georgiev’s media scrum after the game, and read what Bednar had to say.
Avalanche coach Bednar on his confidence level with the challenge:
High. The second I saw it, I thought it was goalie interference. I asked the other coaches, they felt the same way. You can’t go into the goalie on your own, and you can’t force someone else in there. It’s the exact same read, and to me, he cross-checks him in there. He has no chance at making the save when the rebound popped out. So I thought it was a really good chance it was getting turned over.
Bednar on if he takes Georgiev’s reaction into play:
Never. Because they think every goal is goalie interference. Honestly.
Bednar on if the Avalanche had any passengers tonight:
I thought we had a really good team effort tonight. Start to finish, too. Full 60, competitive, detailed, very disciplined with the puck.
Bednar on if there’s any trepidation challenging in a tight game:
Certainly, you want to consider time and score, how your team’s playing, and what your special teams are doing a little bit. But I just think the rules are there and they’re in place. There’s times you challenge because you feel like you have too, and you want to take a chance and you might not be sure, but I think there’s a lot of them that you’re pretty sure on, and you like to think the league’s going to make the right call if you challenge it, and you’re sure on it.
Bednar on swapping Rodrigues and Nichushkin in the lineup:
It just depends on the situation. I wanted a little bit more of Val’s checking on Compher’s line tonight, just because they’ve got a few lines that have really been productive for them. And Rodrigues has done a nice job playing with MacK and Mikko. I kind of had a feeling they would bounce back with another really strong game. He helps on the offensive side of it, and Val helps on the other side with the defensive side of it. I bounced them back and forth a few times, depending on where face-offs were.