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Kings Not Happy With Goal Call

from Rich Hammond at Kings.com,

Irate after a video review failed to overturn a second-period goal by the Phoenix Coyotes, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi and coach Terry Murray publicly called out the NHL review crew in Toronto after the Kings’ 2-0 loss to the Coyotes.

The disputed play took place 8:48 into the second period of a then-scoreless game. Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal, stationed in front the net, lifted his stick and knocked the puck out of the air and past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

On-ice officials immediately called it a good goal, and after a video review of more than five minutes, the crew in Toronto, led by Mike Murphy, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, ruled that the goal would stand.

“When the guy in Toronto making the decisions on the goals, in Ottawa and the one tonight, wanted the G.M.‘s job in L.A. and was not happy about not getting it, you have to assume you are going to get those type of calls,’’ Lombardi said. “However, we have put ourselves in a position where these calls have a monumental effect on our season, and we’re going to have to find a way out of it ourselves.’‘

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I saw the goal live and honestly, I felt whatever was ruled on the ice is the way Toronto would see it, it was that close.  You can watch the goal in real-time and slow motion below…

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redxblack's avatar

It clearly looked like his stick was elevated above the crossbar, but I guess they ruled about where the puck hit the stick in relation to the crossbar from a certain angle. That’s too much geometry for me.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/21/11 at 12:23 PM ET

Primis's avatar

“When the guy in Toronto making the decisions on the goals, in Ottawa and the one tonight, wanted the G.M.’s job in L.A. and was not happy about not getting it, you have to assume you are going to get those type of calls,’’

That’s… pretty bad.  What’s the max the league can fine him?  It’s probably a paltry amount that he’ll consider worth it.  That’s a problem…

Posted by Primis on 01/21/11 at 12:31 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Yo know what’d be fun?

Make fines count against the cap.

Boy you want to suddenly see coaches, GM’s shutting up, and players not making illegal hits…

Posted by Primis on 01/21/11 at 12:32 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Just added a better video with slo-mo.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/21/11 at 12:33 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

I don’t know, after seeing the slo-mo one you posted Paul, it looks clearly above. What I don’t know is if the NHL has the same type of rule as the NFL that can freeze frame one angle, synch with the other and use the combined view to make the call. If they need a clear, single angle to overturn, then I can see whatever was called on the ice staying in this case.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 01/21/11 at 12:40 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Check out three photos…

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/21/11 at 12:46 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

The downward angle of the puck helps show it was a high stick. From the live view, it looked (from that angle) like the puck went off the shaft. Clearly it went off the heel. Bad call, but no surprise there.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/21/11 at 12:49 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

Being upset about the call is one thing.  I think the more scathing remark is the accusation of bias because of the LA GM job. 

When you’re in a position of power, and there’s a revolving door between official positions and team positions, you’ll be under extra scrutiny. Same deal as between lobbyists, corporations, and political positions.  The perceived potential for impropriety makes criticism stick, and always will until those people in power can convince the rest of us that there’s no possibility for a conflicting interest. Right, Colie?

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 01/21/11 at 12:51 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

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High stick.

High stick.

Vague, but head level.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 01/21/11 at 12:52 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’d be upset too. Looked clearly high to me.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/21/11 at 03:07 PM ET

aaron in phoenix's avatar

The thing about reviews is it has to be conclusive to overrule the on ice call. All four officials saw it as a goal. Was it over the crossbar? Most likely. Hanzal is something like 6’6.  Sometimes a call goes your way, sometimes you get away with one. I can’t believe the coaches comments though. I’d be more concerned with Hanzal swinging his stick that close to Greene’s face. 

The kings are fading fast.

Posted by aaron in phoenix from Section 102 on 01/21/11 at 04:06 PM ET

Oilers Rock's avatar

MacT was fined 10K in O7 for his comments on mick mcgeough…

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 01/21/11 at 06:35 PM ET

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Kris King wanted the GM job in LA?

Posted by Garth on 01/21/11 at 07:19 PM ET

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