The Avalanche have to be reeling after falling behind 2-0 in their Second Round Series against the Stars. The Avalanche also might be seething about Esa Lindell‘s 4-2 goal surviving the review process during the Stars’ 5-2 win in Game 2.
You can watch multiple replays of that 4-2 Lindell Stars goal from Game 2 in the video above. (Also, enjoy the soothing tones of Enya!)
The NHL “Situation Room” review was terse, merely stating that the officials’ on-ice call of a goal stands. What about the Avalanche, from coach Jared Bednar to the players? Shockingly, they weren’t happy.
Avalanche not happy with 4-2 Stars goal by Lindell counting in Game 2
Bednar said he didn’t know if it crossed the line, and that he wished officials would have blown the play dead if they were unsure:
ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski shares this more aggressive take from Landeskog:
“Dan [O'Rourke] is behind the net on the other side. I think he realized pretty quickly he messed up. I think he realized that he went off of Esa Lindell’s reaction.” – Gabe Landeskog of @Avalanche on the "good goal" call on the ice.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 25, 2020
Avs goalie Pavel Francouz believed that the puck didn’t cross the line, and was instead under the top of his pads. Of course, Francouz is a touch biased.
Ultimately, Esa Lindell’s 4-2 goal counted. The Avalanche can only ask “What if?” so much, since they couldn’t match Alexander Radulov‘s eventual game-winning 3-2 goal.
But, much like with Rod Brind’Amour wondering about a call to the point of getting fined during the First Round, one can get abstract and ponder domino effects. The Avalanche seemed to open the third period of Game 2 a little bit flat against the Stars, at least compared to their overall dominant play. Would that shock have resonated as much if it was merely a 3-2 deficit?
Either way, the Stars won 5-2 after adding an empty-netter, and Dallas leads the series 2-0. And it’s definitely not just about a single call.
That said, feel free to pour over the replays if you want to assess the call.
No. 2 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 3 Dallas Stars (DAL leads 2-0)
Game 1: Stars 5, Avalanche 3. (recap)
Game 2: Stars 5, Avalanche 2. (recap)
Game 3: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)
Game 4: Friday, Aug. 28, 10 p.m. ET – NBCSN (livestream)
*Game 5: Sunday, Aug. 30 – TBD
*Game 6: Monday, Aug. 31 – TBD
*Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 2 – TBD
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