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A Game Winning Goal?

I was hoping someone would mention the Dave Bolland breakaway in OT that sent the Leafs over the Oilers, 6 to 5. The goal itself was pretty, but the means to set it up were quite goonish. Take a look at the punch to the back of the head on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and explain why there wasn't a call. Getting mugged in front of 20,000 plus an international audience with absolutely no consequence is pretty amazing. 

(the mugging comes 5 seconds in)

 

 

I'd love to hear your comments on this one.

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DrewBehr's avatar

Saw this last night and thought the exact same thing. He winds up and punches the puck carrier and no ref thinks it should be called? Mind blowing.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 10/13/13 at 06:03 PM ET

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That is a pretty clear roughing penalty. He didn’t connect with the punch to the back of his head, but did get his upper back/neck. That extra point and W can later affect playoff positioning and the refs have to do a better job at making the correct call there.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 10/13/13 at 06:18 PM ET

DocF's avatar

That falls far from Goonery, and I know it when I see it after 65+ years of following the NHL.  It possibly was a penalty.  The reason for the breakaway, though is poor reaction on the part of Edmonton.  No one, not the pinching blueliner, not any of Edmonton’s forwards reacted until the breakaway was well down the ice.  That is why Edmonton will be eliminated from playoff contention by November 15.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 10/13/13 at 06:52 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

That falls far from Goonery, and I know it when I see it after 65+ years of following the NHL.  It possibly was a penalty.

You’re kidding, right?  Punching someone in the back of the head is “possibly a penalty?”

Posted by Hootinani on 10/13/13 at 07:29 PM ET

DocF's avatar

He may have been aiming at his head, but he hit him in the back of his shoulder.  One can get more injured from being hit in the shoulder by an errant puck than from that “punch”.  My six year old granddaughter hits harder than that.

Only the most partisan Leafs hater or Oiler lover can be more than mildly displeased with that non-call.  It may not have been right, but it may not have been wrong either.  We were not there, we were not wearing stripes, we were not on the ice. 

I still say a decent reflexive response by Edmonton could have made that 3 on 1 look less easy.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 10/13/13 at 09:03 PM ET

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at least he didn’t get his stick in the guys “hand area”. that would be an automatic 2.

Posted by SlimChance on 10/13/13 at 11:01 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Perron took a cross check to the upper back 2 seconds before the cheap shot to the head.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 10/14/13 at 12:03 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Only the most partisan Leafs hater or Oiler lover can be more than mildly displeased with that non-call.

Thats funny, because I’m neither, and I think that play represents everything thats wrong with NHL officiating.  And if it happened against the Wings, I would go apeshit.

Posted by Hootinani on 10/14/13 at 08:09 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Not only the punch but the blatant holding right before.

Yup, that’s NHL officiating.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 10/14/13 at 09:59 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Perron took a cross check to the upper back 2 seconds before the cheap shot to the head.

When I saw that, I nearly dropped my beer (thankfully only nearly). Then came the punch. Instead of being on a two man advantage (the cross check to the head, the hold, the punch), EDM got the loss.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/14/13 at 10:32 AM ET

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They are not playing pond hockey! Kevin Lowe and Oiler defenseman, including Ference, are famous for continually shoving players in the back along the boards. What’s wrong with doing that in the open ice when a player turns his back to the defenders! RNH didn’t get hit in the head. That would have been the only reason to blow the play down. If I had video, I could make you a few DVDs of the hundreds of similar plays that are not ever called. The ‘no-call’ is consistent. I didn’t see Lowe protesting right after the goal!

Posted by Marsh33 on 10/14/13 at 11:42 AM ET

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My six year old granddaughter hits harder than that.

What the *#$%@& does that have to do with anything?  You punch someone it’s at least roughing, whether you hit like Mike Tyson or like some random guy’s daughter.

Posted by Garth on 10/14/13 at 04:46 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

51.1 Roughing – Roughing is a punching motion with the hand or fist, with or without the glove on the hand, normally directed at the head or face of an opponent.
Roughing is a minor altercation that is not worthy of a major penalty to either participant. (An altercation is a situation involving two players, with at least one to be penalized).

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/14/13 at 04:50 PM ET

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Here come the “Pond Hockey” players! LOL! Hadn’t yet heard a negative comment from Oilers Coaches or Players! If a huge ‘injustice’ was committed, someone would have said something by now. Get over it, it was overtime and nothing unusual happened. Oiler Fan should be more concerned about the lack of effort getting back on the play.

Posted by Marsh33 on 10/14/13 at 05:41 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Almost everyone commenting on this, as well as the blog poster, are Red Wings fans. This has nothing to do with being an Oilers fan. This is about the integrity of the game (or lack thereof).

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/14/13 at 07:52 PM ET

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