Shame. Shame. Shame.
The NHL should be embarrassed with what happened on the ice during last night’s game between the Kings and the Detroit Red Wings.
The Red Wings tied the game with under 30 seconds to play in the third period. A common occurrence in many NHL and hockey games. But how the puck went into the net is a thing not so common.
While the Red Wings were on the power play, a Niklas Kronwall shot was deflected into the protective netting behind the Kings’ net. The play is dead, right? Nope. Not last night. The puck bounced off the net and fell to the ice, bounced off the back of Jonathan Quick and into the net. The goal is waived off, right? Nope. The ref calls it a goal and the game is all tied up.
Here is a video of the play.
So most would think, “Hey, just review the play and over turn the play”. Well the rule book made that impossible. Here is the statement from the NHL on the play.
At 19:33 of the third period in the Kings/Red Wings game, the puck crossed the Los Angeles goal line and, following a discussion between the four on-ice officials, the referees awarded a goal to Detroit.
Video of the play appears to show the puck hitting the protective mesh above the glass before deflecting off goaltender Jonathan Quick and into the Los Angeles net. While the Situation Room examined the video, this is not a reviewable play therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands.
That is just dumb.
Okay, whatever the rule book doesn’t allow it. The thing is the play shouldn’t have even gotten that far. The thing I’m confused with the most is what were the officials doing on the ice. There are four guys in stripes out there, what were they watching?
The viewers at home saw the puck go out of play, I’m sure everyone in the arena saw it happen, hell Drew Doughty even pointed to the puck hitting the netting. What were the officials watching?
Sure no one knows what would have happened had the game finished without the goal. Detroit still could have tied it up, the Kings could have sealed the victory, it’s impossible to know. But one thing is certain, things should not have played out the way they did.