November 16, 2010

To Be a Goal or not to Be a Goal: Video Replay Nearly Disallows Two Goals on Same Shift in Sharks-Kings Game

A crazy couple of minutes at the HP Pavilion on Monday night saw the San Jose Sharks take a 4-1 lead in the second period when Torrey Mitchell scored, cleanly beating goalie Jonathan Bernier; the only problem: Devin Setoguchi had possibly scored a goal a few moments earlier; the only problem there: Los Angeles King Ryan Smyth had possibly scored just before... all on the same whistle! Gotta love the NHL and the new motto it's apparently rolled out to promote its efficient use of video replays: "Video replays: Because being there live just isn't good enough anymore." It would explain the low attendance across the board.

Before you judge, know that it does beat out the other proposed slogan for the league as a whole: "The NHL: Colin Campbell's personal playhouse"... I don't think that story will ever get old.

In any case, Smyth's goal counted, but it was all for nought, with the Sharks taking the game 6-3. In some circles, they could probably argue that the score could have been 8-2... "San Jose: True dynasties dominate in the regular season and don't get hung up on the small things, like actually winning championships." That last one could probably use some work.

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