Is Colin Campbell involved in EVERY decision?
via the News & Observer, Despite a protest that went all the way up the NHL's chain of command to executive vice president Colin Campbell, Matt Cullen was denied an assist on Eric Staal's goal Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Cullen passed the puck to Staal, who tried to pass it back to Cullen in front of the net, but it deflected off Lightning defenseman Darryl Sydor and went in for a goal.
While assists are normally awarded in that situation when there's no change of possession, the goal was ruled unassisted because Staal was passing the puck instead of shooting it -- a little-used guideline that most often is ignored, with the player given the benefit of the doubt.
"It's no big deal," Cullen said. "It's their job to get it right, but it should be consistent."