After benefitting from a controversial video replay decision last round, the Edmonton Oilers must be feeling hard done by tonight.
With 14 seconds left in the first period and the score tied 2-2, Cale Makar scored to give the lead back to the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. The goal was a momentum turner, given that it came just nine seconds after Zach Hyman tied the game for Edmonton.
But was it offside?
Oilers bench boss Jay Woodcroft utilized his coach’s challenge on the play, as it appeared that Makar entered the zone with the puck on his stick before Valeri Nichushkin exited.
The NHL video replay officials saw it differently. Makar was deemed to have not touched the puck once it crossed the blue line until Nichushkin tagged up.
While Makar certainly had possession of the puck as he crossed the line, reverse angles showed that his stick didn’t physically touch the puck across the blue line until Nichushkin cleared the zone.
— Steve Kouleas (@stevekouleas) June 1, 2022
Not only did the goal count, but the Oilers were assessed a delay of game penalty for being wrong on the call. Nazem Kadri scored on the ensuing power play, to give Colorado a two-goal lead.
The decision to allow the goal left many hockey fans and media confused.
Needless to say, Oilers fans online have made their feelings about the call quite clear.
— Michael Billig (@michael_billig) June 1, 2022
— Derek Van Diest (@DerekVanDiest) June 1, 2022
— T-Hup 🇺🇦 (@thupka1982) June 1, 2022
Unfortunately, Canada will never win a stanley cup… rigged from the start… offside goal
— T ☁️ (@elcolxmbiano) June 1, 2022
How the hell is that a goal?? Are you freaking serious??! That’s freaking horrible!!!
— x – Finnian LaPierre (@FinnOilersJays) June 1, 2022
The video replay decision turned out to be the difference in the game, as Colorado went on to win 8-6, scoring their last goal after Edmonton pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.
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