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Intent to stand and watch?

The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks are going to seven games in no small part due to Chris Lee's decision to allow Justin Williams to pitchfork Alex Stalock into the net, puck betwixt his toes:

Per CBS Sports' Chris Peters:

After Lee briefly spoke with the league's Situation Room in Toronto, he informed the crowd it was not a reviewable play and the goal counted. The Sharks bench was incensed, naturally.

The intent to blow rule is murky. Goals can be disallowed “when the referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle” (Rule 78.5, subsection xii). At that point, it was up to Lee to deem the play stopped. He didn't and therefore it's a goal.

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How many controversial calls does one guy have to make before someone thinks maybe he’s causing the controversy. This guy is a disaster.

Posted by brians neck on 04/29/14 at 01:10 AM ET

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Intent to blow wasn’t even the biggest issue.  There are like 3 or 4 ways that goal should have been disallowed.

Posted by RoneFace on 04/29/14 at 01:25 AM ET

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No red and white #96 in the picture…..good goal.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/29/14 at 01:55 AM ET

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The goal was weird. Watching it on tv, the puck disappeared for quite a while and then LA just kept whacking at the goalie. The ref was very emphatic when the puck went in. Clearly didn’t actually touch the puck to make it cross the line.

Posted by awould on 04/29/14 at 02:35 AM ET

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I live in LA, garbage. Laughingstock status for ref and league til fixed

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/29/14 at 06:10 AM ET

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It’s not legal to push the goaltender into the net with the puck. That’s not a good goal. The puck was totally under the goaltender and play should have been stopped. It’s a blown call on at least two separate issues.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/29/14 at 08:18 AM ET

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Whats laughable is the NHLs assurance that every goal is reviewed, when in actuality there are very few things about a goal that the rules allow to be reviewed.

If the NHL allowed fully reviewable instant replay on even just goals, it would out what a bunch of clowns they have for refs, and hinder Gary’s ability to influence games for parities sake.

Posted by Hootinani on 04/29/14 at 08:24 AM ET

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Whats laughable is the NHLs assurance that every goal is reviewed, when in actuality there are very few things about a goal that the rules allow to be reviewed.

If the NHL allowed fully reviewable instant replay on even just goals, it would out what a bunch of clowns they have for refs, and hinder Gary’s ability to influence games for parities sake.

Posted by Hootinani on 04/29/14 at 08:24 AM ET

Regarding your first part, yes, how many times have we heard every goal is reviewed but they leave out the part unless it cannot be reviewed.

Your second part, I don’t believe Bettman influences the outcomes, but by allowing a review on goals like this, well, it sure would remove your statement from the equation.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/29/14 at 08:28 AM ET

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