F Street Faithful
by Matthew Tate on 03/02/14 at 01:45 PM ET
In the first period of today's game between the Washington Capitals the Philadelphia Flyers, Nicklas Backstrom's shot trickled through Steve Mason and was heading into the net until Mark Streit cleared it off the line. When play eventurally stopped, the referees held a lengthy review. Eventually, the call on the ice of no goal was upheld, much to the chagrin of Capitals fans. Using some crude tools around my house, I'll show why the referees were correct.
There are two things to keep in mind here:
1) A goal is only counted if all of the puck has crossed all of the goal line. Even if it's off the ice, it still can't be hanging over the line.
2) Since no-goal was the call on the ice, the replay must conclusively show a goal. If there is even the slightest chance that the puck didn't cross, the call on the ice must be upheld.
Here is a tweet that got a lot of Caps fans riled up after the call.
From that view, you can clearly see white between the goal line and the puck. That's usually enough proof to show a goal. So, using my dog's food bowl, a Christmas card, and a piece of plastic, here's why that's a misleading view:
This is a similar view to the one above, albeit a bit close. In it, you clearly see blue between our stand-in goal line and puck
Without moving anything, I took one from a different view, one that we could not see on television
See? The top of the puck is still over the line. Now, I can't say that this is what it looked like, but because this is a possibility, the referees could not change the call. And I don't really care about the overhead view because the pipe makes a conclusive call impossible. And I thank my dog for his patience while I used his food bowl.
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