Tag: goal review controversies

Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks

Video: You make the call – Alex Tanguay’s controversial shootout-winning goal

If nothing else, the shootout is good for providing conversation fodder and tonight’s shootout in Vancouver will certainly bring the discussion out in spades.

Calgary’s Alex Tanguay appeared to be denied on his bid to win the game in the shootout as he put his shot right into the pads of Roberto Luongo. The problem here being that Luongo in his efforts to stop the puck slid across the goal line. The official ruled it no-goal on the ice, but the call went to replay.

On the video, there was no way to see the puck underneath the pads nor where it was truly located and it was assumed that the puck had crossed the line while it was caught up in Luongo’s pads. The call was changed to a goal and the Flames won the game 4-3.

While the call was correct and logical, it’s stunning to see logic factor into a replay decision. The infuriating thing with NHL replay is that you never really know what you’re going to get which puts it in stark contrast with replay in the NFL where you pretty much know which way the call is going to go no matter what once a play is reviewed.

What do you think though? Should they have counted this as a goal? Have a look at the replay and see for yourself.

Ondrej Pavelec, Viktor Stalberg factor into Wednesday’s near-goals


Wednesday night featured at least two non-goals worthy of your attention, even if the two tallies elicit different emotions.

The first near-score featured what looked like a score by Florida Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe on Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec that never ended up receiving a goal review. It’s the kind of situation that some call a miscue while others many don the tinfoil hats and conjure conspiracy theories.

The second almost-goal is more of the unfortunate sort, but in a dumb, bad luck kind of way. Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg earned a penalty shot after being taken down by Dallas Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman. He made a move that beat Kari Lehtonen and came about as close to scoring a goal as you can get, as the puck hit the crossbar and both posts but never entered the net.

Before we take a look at the Pavelec video, here are some thoughts on the non-reviewed goal from George Richards of On Frozen Pond.

The Panthers coach sure wasn’t thrilled when the night was concluded, either, as Bryan McCabe’s apparent goal was never looked at and Atlanta left BankAtlantic Center with a 3-2 win.

Most close calls in net are reviewed via satellite at Hockey Central in Toronto. McCabe’s shot lodged inside the cage beyond the line before Ondrej Pavelec pulled it free. Were reviewers in Toronto distracted by the Canada-Russia game taking place at the world juniors?

“It looks like a goal to me and I’m baffled why the referees can make certain to make sure everyone goes to the box but why no one took a second look at it,” DeBoer said. “They look at everything else. I got no explanation why. They said if it was close, Toronto would have buzzed them. They never got that.”

Should the goal have been reviewed by the Toronto war room? You be the judge by viewing video of the situation. (Kukla’s Korner also features an alternate take of the video via a Youtube user here.)

Certainly seems fishy. Moving on from the Pavelec/McCabe controversy, let’s take a look at Stalberg’s near-goal. The Dallas Stars went on to win the game 4-2, but the fourth goal was an empty-netter. Who knows how different things might have been if Stalberg received a bit more puck luck?

Then again, judging from the Steve Stamkos slip, maybe it was just a bad night for people earning penalty shots.