Video: Controversial no-goal call on Flames

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The Calgary Flames thought they had the tying goal with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period of Game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks, however Sam Bennett’s shot off the pad of Frederik Andersen that appeared from one angle to go over the goal line was deemed inconclusive after a lengthy video review.

The official explanation from the NHL:

At 13:43 of the third period in the Anaheim Ducks/Calgary Flames game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine Sam Bennett’s shot at 13:38. Video review was inconclusive in determining whether the puck completely crossed the Anaheim goal line, therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands – no goal Calgary.

The Flames managed to rally, eventually sending the game into overtime. Johnny Gaudreau beat Andersen with a perfect wrist shot with 19 seconds remaining in regulation during a power play.

Of course, the earlier disallowed goal could painfully remind Flames fans of Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, when Calgary was one win away from a championship.

Late in the third period of a tie game with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Flames leading the series 3-2, Martin Gelinas deflected the puck on goal; it hit off the pad of Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and appeared to be over the goal line for the go-ahead goal. But it didn’t count and Tampa Bay went on to win the Stanley Cup in seven games.