The feeling after the game seemed to be that the lack of sufficient evidence meant that the call would have remained as called on the ice since no indisputable evidence was available. It seemed that this situation was a case of not having the right, or even enough, camera angles to make a case for overturning the initial call on the ice.
Ryan Smyth had this to say about the call, “It’s frustrating when they are pretty obvious. That’s what they were saying, that our video coaches were saying, that it was a good goal. So it’s frustrating, but we’ve got to overcome those type things.”
The Kings out shot the Senators 30 to 19 which includes an 11 to 4 third period but the Kings still weren’t able to put one in the back of the net, well at least one that counted.
A power play goal by Smyth 7:52 into the second period broke an 0 for 13 slump for the Kings power play unit. They would finish 1 for 5 by games end.
The winning goal would come off Jason Spezza wrist shot with 8:41 remaining in the third period. Ottawa’s Alexei Kovalev assisted on the goal to receive his 1,001st NHL point after reaching the 1,000 point milestone earlier in the first period with a power play goal.
Three Stars of the Game:
1st: Alexei Kovalev
2nd: Anze Kopitar
3rd: Pascal Leclaire