by David Pavlak on 11/27/11 at 02:07 PM ET
After securing a 1-0 victory in the first half of a home-at-home series against the Islanders, the Devils looked to bring home another win to help propel them in the standings. Down 3-2 with six seconds left in the third period, Zach Parise pushed to the front of the net after an offensive zone faceoff win and pushed the puck past Isles goalie Al Montoya. The ruling was called a goal on the ice. The game had been tied with one second left on the clock.
The goal would be under review, and that is where all the madness occurs.
After the war room in Toronto had a look, the decision was overturned. The Devils lost 3-2.
The official ruling from Toronto read: “At 19:59 of the third period in the Devils/Islanders game, video review used the overhead angle and the side camera to determine that Devils forward Zach Parise used his right skate to propel the puck into the net. According to rule 49.2 “A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.”
Naturally, Parise lost his cool.
“Apparently. I just watched it and, I’m sorry, I can’t agree with it,” Parise said to Rich Chere. “I knew it hit off my skate and I knew it hit off my stick, too. But if that’s a kicking motion, then I don’t know. It definitely hit my skate before it went in, but it doesn’t matter. That’s not the point. It’s them saying I kicked it in.”
Head Coach Pete DeBoer also disagreed with the call.
“I watched the play,” DeBoer said. “I’m not sure I agree with the decision, based on my view of the replays. To me, it wasn’t what I would consider a distinct kicking motion.”
The numerous replays showed a play that was inconclusive enough to not be overturned. However, the decision was, and no one in New Jersey was happy about it.
Ilya Kovalchuk became the scape goat for the night after he turned over the puck to Michael Grabner while the Devils were on the powerplay with the score tied at two. He who would go on to beat Brodeur for the short handed goal and a 3-2 lead. The goal by Grabner was the game winning goal.
“I made that mistake on the power play so it cost us the game. I’ll take all the blame for this one,” Kovalchuk said to Chere
After being benched in Long Island after costly turnovers, Adam Larsson responded with a goal in the second period to tie the game at one.
“I felt he needed a rest and I have no doubt he’ll bounce back. He had a smile on h is face yesterday on the team bus and at the team meal. The guys handled it well. It certainly won’t be the last time he coughs up a breakaway. When you’re a puck-handling defenseman that’s going to run an NHL power play for the next 20 years, that’s going to happen to him an awful lot.”
The Devils wont play again until Wednesday when they take on the Colorado Avalanche at 9:30 p.m.
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