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NHL should have ditched offside replay long ago

The NHL put new blueline cameras in all 16 playoff buildings to catch even more of those offside-by-a-toenail infractions that we simply can’t allow. They won’t call hooking and interference the way it should be called, so offense is getting destroyed and that has fans and analysts up in arms.

But we damn well better make sure we get every offside right because every single person and fan in this league wanted this insanity, right?

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock made some veiled references Friday night to playing against more than just the Chicago Blackhawks. Frankly, if I was a Blues fan I would have wanted to see a full meltdown on the bench after the way his team got hosed in the third period.

Jori Lehtera was, in fact, offside. But only because his skate was in the air and not on the ice as he took the puck to enter the zone.

Are we serious here?

We’ve known from opening night of the season the offside challenge was a joke. The NHL should have shelved it months ago. Instead, this is what we get stuck with: A great game like Friday night ruined by toenail talk.

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