Calgary Flames overcome hat trick of disallowed goals to beat Los Angeles
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By Ryan Pike8 months ago
Friends, the Calgary Flames are a group that doesn’t score a lot of goals. After the off-season departures of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk, and the uneven transitions of Nazem Kadri and Jonathan Huberdeau, they’ve played a lot of low-scoring, one-goal games.
So having three goals disallowed for various reasons on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings wasn’t usually something that would usually set them up for success.
“Overcame some interesting calls, still won,” said head coach Darryl Sutter post-game. Asked about being in a game with three disallowed goals, Sutter quipped “I thought two of them were goals.”
Leading 1-0, the Flames had a shorthanded goal overturned 7:36 into the first period after a coach’s challenge by the Kings.
From the NHL:
Video review determined that Calgary’s Noah Hanifin preceded the puck into the offensive zone and was in an off-side position prior to Rasmus Andersson’s goal. According to Rule 38.9, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the NHL Situation Room, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the On-Ice Official(s), determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an ‘Off-Side’ infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”
In short: Hanifin couldn’t stay tagged up during Andersson’s zone entry, so the challenge was successful and the goal was overturned. The review didn’t take very long, as it was fairly obvious.
With the Flames leading 2-1, Elias Lindholm redirected a puck into the crease area. There were a lot of bodies around, and amidst a scramble around Joonas Korpisalo, it appeared that the puck crossed the line. Referee TJ Luxmore, approaching from the corner of the zone behind the net, initially waved off the goal.
The play was reviewed for roughly seven minutes, spanning an entire TV timeout and several minutes afterwards, before the officials ruled that the puck hadn’t definitively crossed the line before the play had been blown down.
From the NHL:
There was no conclusive evidence to determine that the puck completely crossed the Los Angeles goal line, therefore, the call on the ice stands – no goal Calgary.
The review took awhile and the angles available on the broadcast weren’t definitive. Asked following the game if he thought the puck was in, Lindholm said he hadn’t seen a replay yet and declined to weigh in.
With the Flames up 2-1 in the third period, MacKenzie Weegar fired a puck into the empty net with 11.6 seconds left in regulation. But the zone entry was blown down by a linesman for the play being off-side.
However, replays on the broadcast indicated that Weegar fired the puck from the neutral zone before anybody fully entered the zone for the Flames, and that the off-side whistle-down was a simple mistake by the linesman.
On other evenings, the Flames haven’t handled disallowed goals well. They’ve often allowed their play to slump for a shift or two following such calls. That wasn’t the case against the Kings, though, and their poise and consistency were two big factors in them beating their division rivals. (Sutter joked post-game that he was happy with how the team responded to the calls because they won.)
The Flames are back in action in Vancouver on Friday night.
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