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Edmonton Thought They Had An OT Win But St. Louis Wins In A Shootout

12/16/2022 at 2:12am EST

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Everything, as the great Bob Cole once declared, was “haaaapennninggg!”

After a game that caused Darnell Nurse to admit, “I let my teammates down,” Connor McDavid admitted something else:...

The Face of the Game isn’t even sure about the Rules of the Game.

Nurse’s poor play — he was directly responsible for two of St. Louis’ three goals in a 4-3 shootout loss — opened the door for another whacky round of video review, as the NHL’s Situation Room disallowed an overtime goal that riled up Oilers captain Connor McDavid.

Leon Draisaitl scored an apparent game-winning goal in overtime that was overturned in Toronto, where it was decided that McDavid was not in control of the puck as he entered the St. Louis zone.

Although St. Louis centre Ryan O’Reilly was waving his stick near the puck, he never touched it. McDavid cruised along as the puck went into his feet, his eyes on the puck but not his stick, and he believed he was in control of the puck the whole time.

As you watch the puck go into the skates of both players, you can argue McDavid wasn’t in control of the puck near the end of the sequence. But was McDavid in control as it crossed the line, despite the fact the puck was not physically on his stick blade?

“Since I was a kid, I thought if you have possession of the puck (going over the blue-line) that's onside. If I had possession or not, I guess that's the judgment call,” said McDavid, who was seen disciplining his hockey stick against an arena wall as he left the ice post-game.

continued, with videos...


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