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NHL makes a boo boo, misses Sharks overtime goal

The NHL blew a call big time during the overtime period of the San Jose Sharks' 5-4 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, and as the hockey world runs on Twitter, those who stayed up late to watch the game took note of the missed goal that wasn't reviewed:

The Sharks' broadcasters may have seen it, but the Sharks didn't:

The Mercury News's David Pollak reports that no news is no news for now:

Nobody asked the Sharks about what now appears to be a blown call that cost San Jose an overtime goal Tuesday night because the assembled media were not aware of the situation.

But upon further review, it sure looks as if Tommy Wingels poked a loose puck into the net with a little more than three minutes left in OT for what should have been the winning goal. Replays showed the puck crossed the goal line before Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers quickly fished it out and the play was whistled dead.

Yes, there will be follow-up questions asked tomorrow of both the Sharks and the NHL. This isn’t supposed to happen, though there are mitigating circumstances that could explain how it did. @FriedgeHNIC said that the Sharks broadcast didn’t pick up on the missed call right away and the Buffalo broadcast never did — something that might have kept Toronto from jumping in quickly for a review. And none of the Sharks we talked with after the game mentioned it either.

Oh well. Back to the phones tomorrow.

Update: Puck Daddy's Harrison Mooney found a video of the "goal":

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Hootinani's avatar

Sharks broadcast didn’t pick up on the missed call right away and the Buffalo broadcast never did — something that might have kept Toronto from jumping in quickly for a review. And none of the Sharks we talked with after the game mentioned it either.

Thats funny, I have always been told by broadcasters, and league officials alike, that every goal is reviewed in Toronto.

You know, because the want to get it right.  Officiating in this league is a step below WWE.  Can we get Mean Gene Okerlund on skates?

Posted by Hootinani on 11/06/13 at 08:18 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

When will officials be held accountable through fines or suspension? It’s a concept that is long overdue.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/06/13 at 08:38 AM ET

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When will officials be held accountable through fines or suspension?

Who should get suspended for this?

Posted by Garth on 11/06/13 at 08:43 AM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Hootinani, they do review every goal, not every save, which is what this appeared to be. No one had any idea that it went in the net until the Sharks broadcasters later noticed it.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 11/06/13 at 10:18 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Who should get suspended for this?

Posted by Garth on 11/06/13 at 08:43 AM ET

The goal cam. rolleyes

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/06/13 at 10:54 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

I don’t know if you can fine or suspend a ref for a blown call.  They’re human, hockey is a fast game, and mistakes are gonna be made. 

I want to see few things:

One, I’d like for press access to the refs after the game.  I understand officiating is difficult, but its bullshit that guys like Brad Watson never took any heat during his three year long campaign of waiving off goals in the late 2000’s.  The only push back the refs get is from the players and coaches, and that’s only for sixty minutes at a time.  Some fans can’t be pleased, but it would make a giant difference to me if I could at least hear a referee’s rationale for making or not making a call when my team loses. 

That said, the rules could be changed to make the refs’ jobs easier:

-Do away with the intent to blow the whistle rule.  The play should end when the whistle blows and not before.  That’s the standard in every other sport.  Not to mention, the team on offense doesn’t get the same benefit of the doubt after a quick whistle goes off just before they score. 

-No more waiving off goals before review.  Why have instant replay if the ref can waive off a goal and render the whole situation moot?  The refs should be able to signal for instant replay if they lose sight of the puck in a scrum, or if a question arises as to whether a puck went in. 

-Goals nullified by goalie interference calls should be reviewable.  Go to instant replay, ascertain who made contact, and make the call accordingly.  How many times did we see a goalie intentionally make contact with Holmstrom?  That’s a built in advantage to the rules that is unfair, and it puts the refs in a position that makes them look like asses. 

-Also, goalie interference has been a moving target ever since the crease rule was nixed.  Can we come up with a real definition of what that means?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 11/06/13 at 10:57 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Hootinani, they do review every goal, not every save, which is what this appeared to be. No one had any idea that it went in the net until the Sharks broadcasters later noticed it.
Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 11/06/13 at 10:18 AM ET

The Sharks broadcasters noticed it immediately.  They showed it over and over ad nauseum, and I think it was Drew Remenda who would not shut up about it from the moment it happened to well into the post game wrapup

And you can’t say no one else knew it happened, because Toronto has that camera view, not to mention the goal cam, and it was the only game left to watch at the time.  To not make sure that a possible OT game winning goal is in or not is ridiculous.  As they have shown many times in the past, the front office does not like to overrule on ice officials, regardless of whether that official has made the correct call or not.

Which leads to the other problem, that the ref should not have made a definitive call, because he clearly could not have seen the puck at any point in time with Myers body in the way.  He was on the wrong side of the net to make the call, and should have gone directly to the phone to check.

It was a complete clusterfuch form start to finish, and another of many black marks against NHL officiating.  And the real kicker is, because it was an OT goal, they could set the record right anytime they want by awarding Wingels the goal and SJ the win, because the game would have ended.

Posted by Hootinani on 11/06/13 at 12:40 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

I was watching the SJ feed live.  At least 2 or 3 minutes of play time had elapsed once the SJ broadcasters realized the puck went in.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 11/06/13 at 03:06 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

As Paul reported, the NHL’s going with the “Intent to Blow” excuse on this one.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/06/13 at 03:16 PM ET

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What’s funny to me is Myers on Buffalo “knew” the puck went in, because we saw him kick the puck out, and he was probably crossing himself and thanking God that no one saw it.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 11/07/13 at 04:17 PM ET

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