Did you really think the general managers meeting to rally and fix goaltending interference was going to work out in the end? If you did, the next few lines might upset you, just be prepared.
Last night, the Florida Panthers were fighting to stay alive in the playoff race, despite facing one of the toughest opponent this season, the Nashville Predators.
However, it seems that luck was on the side of the Panthers last night as a major controversy took place in the last seconds of the game in favour of Florida. Filip Forsberg’s apparent tying goal with less than a second left was disallowed due to goalie interference, giving the Florida Panthers a 2-1 win over the Preds.
Take a look at the disallowed goal:
We can finally see how it can dramatically affect the push to actually get to the playoffs... You see, going into Tuesday night’s action, the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils each had a chance to officially clinch their respective playoff berths. All three clubs required a win and a Panthers loss in order to officially lock up the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Devils and Blue Jackets won their respective contests, while the Flyers unfortunately stumbled against the New York Islanders, but everything matter on what the Panthers would do...
And in the end, the referees and the situation room in Toronto did the most...
“Either the refs don’t know or Toronto doesn’t know. They’re definitely not on the same page," said Forsberg to Adam Vingan of the Tennessean after the game.
“We scored a goal to tie the game with less than a second left, and then they take it away from us,” Forsberg added. “This one was clearly a goal. The puck is never covered, the goalie had no clue where it is, and it ends up on my tape and it’s in.”
The NHL explained that "the deliberate actions of (Viktor) Arvidsson's stick caused (Roberto) Luongo to spin and cause the covered puck to come loose prior to the goal."
"It was a tough call," Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said. "We obviously feel it was [Panthers defenseman Keith] Yandle who caused the goalie to be disrupted. He got on the backside of Arvidsson and moved him, so we 100 percent disagree with the call."
Laviolette and his players weren't the only ones upset with the call. Forward Mike Fisher's wife Carrie Underwood, actor Kiefer Sutherland and PGA player Brandt Snedeker were quite vocal on Twitter following the controversial call.
The Preds almost completed one of the most impressive and crucial comebacks in franchise history until they were robbed...
The Panthers escaped with the two points, and now sit four points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the final wild-card spot in the East.
What do you think of the call?