In case you missed it earlier today, midway thorough the third period of a 3-1 game in favor of the Washington Capitals over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist appeared to pull the Penguins to within a goal, when he followed up on a Sidney Crosby wrap around to bang the puck home past Caps goalie Braden Holtby.
Or… did he?
Here’s the play in question:
The on ice officials called good goal while the Penguins celebrated, but the play went to video review immediately following the celebration.
The reason why? Officials wanted to be 100% certain that the puck had crossed the goal line. Here’s the closest look we have, what’s your call?
That certainly looks over the line, but can we be certain? So… what’s the call ref? Goal or no goal?
… No goal!
Incredible! As you might imagine, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan was NOT happy with the call:
According to a report from NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, here’s the reasoning for the no goal call:
“Video review determined that there were no definitive replays which showed that the puck completely crossed the Washington goal line”
Wow…. that’s a tough pill to swallow, Pens fans. First the Jakub Vrana goal where it was determined that there was NO goalie interference and now this.
In case you missed the Vrana goal from the first period, here it is:
Tough to see from this replay, but prior to Vrana getting his shot through and behind Penguins goaltender Matt Murray, Caps forward Brett Connolly clearly interferes with Murray.
Here’s a closer look:
It’s pretty clear from this replay that Connolly interferes with Murray, there’s no real questioning that. The question is though whether or not the interference affected Murray’s ability to make a save on Vrana’s shot. The interference comes before Vrana even has the puck and Murray appears to get set and square to Vrana before getting beat by his shot.
The call on the ice from the officials? Good goal. The call from Toronto in the NHL’s Situation Room? Good goal. The call from Penguins fans all over the world? WTF, man!?