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by George Malik on 03/01/14 at 01:15 AM ET
Update: Wrong blog--I'm a little worn out after the first day back--but let's just say that this is the Tomas Holmstrom rule in action: Via Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien, the Minnesota Wild defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in a shootout on Friday night, but a certain Brad Meier (remember him from the Olympics?) waved off a Keith Ballard goal because, uh...Erik Haula was standing in the approximate vicinity of Eddie Lack:
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo reports that the Wild were baffled by the call:
On a Wild power play, Kesler took advantage of a mishap at the blue line by his buddy and former teammate, Keith Ballard. Kesler sped in on a breakaway and whistled a shorthanded goal past Kuemper for a 1-0 lead.
The Wild would then tie the game twice. Yes, twice.
In one of the most inexplicable calls you’ll ever see, Ballard redeemed himself by wiring a wrist shot through Erik Haula’s screen. But Meier thought he saw incidental contact between Haula and Lack.
Replays showed that at no point was Lack touched.
After the period, GM Chuck Fletcher made a beeline for on-site supervisor Mick McGeough’s room.
After their long conversation, McGeough, a former referee, told the Star Tribune, “In my estimation, I think the goal should have counted. It was a good screen by [Haula]. He wasn’t in the blue when the puck entered the net, so it met the criteria for a good goal.”
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