Detroit Red Wings Head coach Derek Lalonde made his way off the bench against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night after referees sent him into an expletive-laced rant.
The play that brought Lalonde into a frenzy happened halfway through the pageant, a.s penguins He began teetering into a 3-0 Red Wings lead. Jeff Carter’s shot from this point was deflected by Red Wings goalkeeper Alex Nedeljkovic.
Noticing that Nedeljkovic was unaware of the puck’s position under his pad, the Penguins’ Jason Zucker shoved his stick into Nedeljkovic’s pads trying to drive it into the net. And in doing so, Zucker seemed to shove him into the net.
The officials reviewed the play at the start to determine whether or not the puck had crossed the line completely for a goal. Having determined this, Lalonde wanted to challenge the coach to see if the goalkeeper had been tackled.
This was followed by a long review with multiple angles reviewed by the administrators and everyone else in the room Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Fans and the Red Wings bench thought Zucker’s force on Nedeljkovic would reverse the goal.
Instead, the referees came to the conclusion that there was no goalkeeper interference, and Lalonde forfeited it.
“What are we doing here?” Lalonde can be clearly seen telling the referees on multiple occasions.
In the end he was subjected to game misconduct and was seen coming off the ice and into the tunnel.
The Red Wings didn’t let their coach’s grumpy defense go to waste, as they beat the Penguins 7-4 after a four-goal third period.
David Peron also finished with a triple to lead Detroit’s way, while Andrew Cobb, Dylan Larkin, Jonathan Berggren and Dominic Kubalek each scored.
For yelling at the referees and taking them out, Lalonde may be looking at a fine from the league come Wednesday morning.
At least this allowed goal didn’t hurt his team in the end.