May 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks centerJonathan Toews
takes the ice before game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
In the second period it looked like the Chicago Blackhawks had scored the 2nd goal of the game while taking a 2-0 lead. It looked like the Hawks now had all the momentum and were heading to and easy win, but in the end the goal was disallowed.
The problem with the whole few minutes was the referees seemed confused from the start right from the ref pointing to the goal because he didn’t see anything except the puck in the net. The refs got together but how did the other three see anything if the ref right in front of the play didn’t see it?
The second thing is how did it not go in on the initial shot when the momentum of the shot went off a Kings player skate on the initial shot?
Lastly, there are times when the refs don’t let the fans in the stadium know but the commentators know exactly the ruling but it wasn’t until coming out for the third period that a clear statement from the NBC crew came out for everyone to know the exact ruling.
In the end it didn’t cost the Hawks a win (see Game #7 against Detroit) because the team is tough as nails no matter what the call is on the ice, but the NHL or at least Toronto could have made the call clearer to the NBC crew to relay to all the fans and new hockey fans watching Game #1.
What was your view of the call?
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