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Columbus GM Discusses Clock Problems In LA

from Scott Howson at the Blue Jackets website,

I spoke with (NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations) Colin Campbell on two occasions after the game. Sometimes in watching the game on television there can be confusion with respect to the game clock. Some television broadcasts use their own game clock that is not official with the rink. However, and after double checking, Colin confirmed that we were actually seeing the official game clock stop for one full second. Therefore, when you do the math, Drew Doughty actually scored 0.4 seconds after time had expired, which means the goal should have been disallowed and should have gone to overtime. Colin has promised me that the NHL will investigate this to try and figure out how this happened.

It is an amazing coincidence that with the Kings on a power play at STAPLES Center and with a mad scramble around our net in the dying seconds of the third period of a 2-2 hockey game that the clock stopped for at least one full second. I can only think of two ways in which this would have happened. Either there was a deliberate stopping of the clock or the clock malfunctioned.

It’s easy to say that this doesn’t matter. We, the Blue Jackets, are in last place and it is likely not going to affect our place in the standings. However, in my opinion, this matters in many respects.

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added 5:04pm, Howson decided to pull the blog, so the link no longer works…

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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

It’s easy to say that this doesn’t matter. We, the Blue Jackets, are in last place and it is likely not going to affect our place in the standings. However, in my opinion, this matters in many respects.

Absolutely.  I don’t want this kind of shit happening to ANY team in the league because it’s horrible.

Besides, it didn’t just affect the last place team in the league, it also affected the Kings, who are trying to make the playoffs.  If LA gets in by one point over another team or gets a different seeding than another team, the effect has spread badly.

Of course, it’s likely that LA would have won the game in OT or a shootout anyway, but every single hockey fan out there had the right to know that for certain unfairly ripped from them last night, and that is a tragedy regardless of your rooting interests.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/02/12 at 02:00 PM ET

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Better make sure the clock operator isn’t named Bob, as in Spartan Bob.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/02/12 at 02:08 PM ET

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The game timekeeper goofed. Either he/she anticipated a whistle or heard a phantom one. It can happen, having done this in the past.

Posted by WolfKeeper on 02/02/12 at 02:10 PM ET

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Posted by WolfKeeper on 02/02/12 at 12:10 PM ET

Then the game timekeeper should have emphatically told the referees that he goofed and that the goal should not have been allowed to count last night.

If he made an honest mistake, he followed it up with a dishonest one by not making sure it was corrected before Los Angeles was awarded a regulation win.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/02/12 at 02:17 PM ET

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The thing that gets me is that there was a goal review because of how close it was to the end of the game!  The room in Toronto took a look at it and still said it was okay.

That boggles my mind.  I understand the ref not knowing (how could he), and the timekeeper could have goofed, that’s fine…but how the hell don’t they see it in the “war room”?  They had to have seen it, with it that close to the end.  It would have been so simple to call it a “no goal” and just reset the clock to 1.8 seconds, with a faceoff in the Blue Jackets zone.  But they didn’t, and that’s the sad part to me.

Posted by BuzzFledderjohn on 02/02/12 at 02:45 PM ET

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I’m leaning more towards accidental than intentional, but how does the “war room” in Toronto miss this?

Posted by tj77 from usa on 02/02/12 at 02:49 PM ET

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Sorry but since the timekeeper didn’t say anything, I’m of the opion it was intentional. Also, once set in motion, the cock doesn’t stop unless the operator makes it stop. It’s not a mechanical clock but digital and I’ve never heard of a digital clock that stopped moving once it’s started unless made to stop.

It’s simple…the timekeeper is a King’s fan (duh) and he or her thought they’d be cute and give them a tiny bit more time since they were right on the doorstep of possibly scoring and no one would notice the clock if it paused momentarily.

Him or her should be fired and since games can’t end in a tie, the King’s should be forced a forfeit their 1 extra point at the very least because they obviously didn’t win did they?

Posted by Elvis on 02/02/12 at 03:16 PM ET

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Posted by Elvis on 02/02/12 at 01:16 PM ET

There’s no way it was intentional.  I don’t buy it for a single second.

Posted by Garth on 02/02/12 at 03:26 PM ET

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how does the “war room” in Toronto miss this?

Posted by tj77 from usa on 02/02/12 at 12:49 PM ET

They don’t. I guarantee you they noticed it, they just decided not to do anything about it.

Example #7,814 of how the NHL has the least accountable officiating of all of the major sports.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/02/12 at 03:27 PM ET

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I guarantee you they noticed it, they just decided not to do anything about it.

Or they were looking at the tenths of a second before and after the puck went in and seeing if there was time left on the clock and didn’t scroll back and check to make sure the clock didn’t stop for some unknown reason.

Posted by Garth on 02/02/12 at 03:40 PM ET

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Or they were looking at the tenths of a second before and after the puck went in and seeing if there was time left on the clock and didn’t scroll back and check to make sure the clock didn’t stop for some unknown reason.

Posted by Garth on 02/02/12 at 01:40 PM ET

So, they’re incompetent then. Pick your poison, I guess.

It doesn’t really matter. This is the NHL. The league will not take responsibility for anything, they’ll be evasive about it, and we’ll just wait until the next time a game is decided by something other than the on-ice product.

Rinse, repeat.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/02/12 at 03:45 PM ET

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I believe that the result was completely legit and there is truly nothing to see here. The fact that I am battling for 1st place in my fantasy league and have Doughty, Kopitar and Quick on my roster has in no way influenced my opinion.

Posted by awould on 02/02/12 at 03:45 PM ET

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So, they’re incompetent then.

So, not noticing something they weren’t asked to look for is incompetence?

Are you incompetent if you don’t do something at work that you weren’t asked to do?

Posted by Garth on 02/02/12 at 03:47 PM ET

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So, they’re incompetent then.

So, not noticing something they weren’t asked to look for is incompetence?

Are you incompetent if you don’t do something at work that you weren’t asked to do?

Posted by Garth on 02/02/12 at 01:47 PM ET

Oh, please.

A little due diligence on their part isn’t much to ask for.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/02/12 at 03:52 PM ET

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“There’s no way it was intentional.  I don’t buy it for a single second.”

Right, because all people are trustworthy and would never ever cheat, lie or steal. Get out much? Not only did it more than likely happen, it is the most probable thing that did. If it was accidental, then why didn’t the timekeeper (who’s honest remember) fess up to making a error in the first place? If he did, the Kings wouldn’t have gotten the goal.

Remember the Penguins incident where the guy (who was a Pens fan) that was past of the television crew intentionally withheld a replay view that would have shown a result unbeneficial to the Penguins? He was fired and this timekeeper should be too.

Posted by Elvis on 02/02/12 at 03:52 PM ET

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I’m sure with todays technology there’s a way of creating an electronic whistle that stops the clock as soon as the ref blows it eliminting any chance of operator error from off the ice. Fact is; much sports officiating can be done electronically thus eliminating human error and incidents like this and we can start with the home plate umpiire in baseball. Strike zones can be monitored electronically already.

Posted by Elvis on 02/02/12 at 04:01 PM ET

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Just like Ference, I’m sure his finger just slipped.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/02/12 at 04:03 PM ET

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So, not noticing something they weren’t asked to look for is incompetence?

It is absolutely the scoreboard operator’s job to know whether or not the clock stopped and to take measures to correct it if they did.

Intentional or not, it was SOMEBODY’s job to make sure it didn’t happen and I’ve never seen a clock stop itself like that without human input.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/02/12 at 04:41 PM ET

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Right, because all people are trustworthy and would never ever cheat, lie or steal.

No, you’re right, because it makes sense to risk your job and livelihood to do something like this on national TV, in which any of the dozens of people sitting in the stands in your vicinity can see you doing it.

A little due diligence on their part isn’t much to ask for.

What due diligence?  They were asked to look at a specific MOMENT in the game.  Should they therefore have gone over the entire game tape to make sure there were no other timekeeping mistakes/problems?

WHY SHOULD THE WAR ROOM HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR IT?  Is this something that’s a regular occurrence?  I’ve never heard of it happening.  When was the last time you saw it happening?  If they’re asked to review whether or not the puck was kicked in should they also be on the lookout for a too many men penalty from before?

All they were asked to do was find the time 0.0 and see if the pick was in or not and that’s what they did.

Posted by Garth on 02/02/12 at 04:43 PM ET

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Also, once set in motion, the cock doesn’t stop unless the operator makes it stop.

Alright, was THAT intentional? haha.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/02/12 at 06:11 PM ET

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I don’t believe it was intentional either.  Or if it was, that’s one stupid clock operator.  Why risk your job and your ability to support your family for possible extra point in a win over Columbus?  If it was a mistake then the clock guy and the league should own up to it, but they won’t.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 02/02/12 at 09:20 PM ET

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