Monday, October 26, 2015

Game 9: Kings 3 Oilers 2 - Refs rob Oilers of tie goal

We've all seen the photos by now.

1. With 5 seconds left, McDavid backhands the puck across the goal line, and Jonathan Quick's big glove covers the puck while it crosses the line.

2. The ref at the net points to an actual goal.  McDavid says so too.

3. The other ref comes over and waives it off.

4. The play goes for video review with the NHL War Room in Toronto.

5. Sportsnet only showed opposite TV camera angle only once, then all other angles show the above net camera. From that, while we know the puck is under Quick's glove, we can't see the puck from that angle. But from the other angles not shown by Sportsnet, it's clear.

6. Ref comes back and say "The call on the ice stands. No goal."  Yet the ref closest to the net originally actually pointed at the puck and called it a goal.

Was this a case of one of the refs being more assertive than the other to overturn him on the spot, or was there something more to it?  We'll never know.  But I but the refs know they made a mistake and this one to two points lost could come back to haunt them.

I understand that the NHL can't use any camera angle but the overhead cam so a parallax view doesn't occur.  That said, it's stupid.  They should use all angles at their disposal and have 3 judges agree.

But let's not forget a couple other bad calls.  Late in the 3rd, Benoit Pouliot gets a mean cross check to the back from Drew Doughty, there's no call, but a Kings two on one ensues.  Not soon after, Oilers' winger Lauri Korpikoski supposedly grabs a King's player's stick behind the net and gets called for holding the stick.  Kings score on the powerplay in one of their typical garbage goals to put them up 3-2.

Then the McDavid goal gets waived off at the 19:55 mark and Oilers lose 3-2.

To say the Oilers got screwed is an understatement.

But they should have won that game.  Cam Talbot let in a softy and the power play goal shouldn't have happened.  With the way might have played out, the score should have been 2-1 Oilers.

That said, I'm surprised the Kings didn't score more against an Oilers defense that still has a lot of room for improvement. We know that.  We also know the Kings suck at offense and only like to score when they have to.

The Oilers defense again really struggled to gain the puck and when they did, they had difficulty getting the puck up the ice and the puck died with shoot-ins or good checks.

Justin Schultz left the game with a supposed illness or something.  We don't know. I'd like to say a lot of things right now, but I'll leave it alone. 

Eric Gryba, the supposed amazing puck handler, made a soft pass at the blue line which was intercepted and a goal ensued shortly thereafter.  Check that, the score should have been 2-0 Oilers.

After the Capitals lose on Friday, I was glad to hear coach Todd McLellan publicly call out 4-5 players in general for not showing up and that the Oilers make stupid mistakes.,

Despite the refs in the Kings game, McLellan was proven right again.

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