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Bettman Addresses The LA Clock Problem

from NHL.com,

“Not good, not acceptable—if [the clock] had run straight through, the game would have been at a tie at that point, would have gone to overtime,” Bettman said. “And maybe L.A. would have won anyway, maybe not. That’s not the point. We are taking this very seriously. We’re investigating as to how it happened. Obviously it’s either human error or a technology glitch. We don’t know which, but we’ve already begun investigating and we will get to the bottom of it.

“Now I know lots of people are going to say, ‘How can you have a mistake?’ Well, unfortunately or fortunately, our game is full of mistakes—by players, by coaches and occasionally by officials—and on some levels it’s no different than if a guy makes a bad penalty call, puts a team on the power play and they score the winning goal. It happens. We don’t like when it happens and our job is to minimize mistakes. We don’t want any, but obviously when you have a human element in any aspect of the game you’re going to have it.

“If we had any reason to believe that this was intentional we would deal with it in a whole different way, but we’re going to investigate it, get to the bottom of it.”

a bit more

added 9:19pm, Instead of reading more, you have the option below to watch Bettman discuss the clock problem…

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tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Wait.  Dr. Lombardi said it was the coulombs.  Was he out of his element?
He’s handling this as well as he handled the Doughty contract.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/02/12 at 11:23 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I’m willing to bet that one of their avenues of investigation was whether they could get away with doctoring old game tapes and forcing timekeepers in the future to do little one-second skips to convince us all that it’s a perfectly normal thing to have happened.

/tinfoil hat.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/02/12 at 11:24 PM ET

John W.'s avatar

Well, unfortunately or fortunately, our game is full of mistakes—by players, by coaches and occasionally by officials

Occasionally by officials?  Occasionally?

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 02/02/12 at 11:50 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I blame Bret Lebda.  He was right there, it’s undoubtedly his fault.

Posted by Primis on 02/03/12 at 12:12 AM ET


I watch quite a few King games and I seem to recall this happening in the playoffs against San Jose. There was a long lag in the clock when the Kings had a power play.They should go back and compare the clock film for King power plays to see if “coincidently” they have unexplained lags in the clock. It might be revealing.

Posted by timbits on 02/03/12 at 01:38 AM ET

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