For the second time in a week, the National Hockey League is left trying to explain a deciding goal on a play that clearly should been blown dead by its officials.
On Tuesday, Derek Roy scored the game-winning goal on a 4-on-4 just 66 seconds into the third period in a 5-2 Buffalo Sabres win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Roy got in behind the Flyers' defence and broke in alone on Martin Biron, beating the goaltender on the stick side.
It was a highlight reel goal, but one that should have been disallowed because the Sabres had five skaters on the ice.
"It's unbelievable," said Flyers head coach John Stevens after the game. "Mental Lapse? The guy was on the ice by 60 feet. They had five guys on the ice..they totally missed the call."
"In that play last night, nobody said anything about too many men," NHL Senior VP and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom told TSN on Wednesday. "Even if you could roll back the clock for when you have those situations, you're still not going to get to the absolute correct call."
And the same sort of blown call happened in Detroit last week in a game between the Red Wings and Sharks.
Rookie Devin Setoguchi scored on Dominik Hasek midway through the third period after the puck went off the net and over the glass. The goal proved to be the game-winner, giving the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the slumping Red Wings. "We might've gotten lucky on the third goal," San Jose coach Ron Wilson acknowledged.
Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek agreed. "Definitely, it was a mistake," he said. "The officials should've blown the whistle, but no one of the four saw the puck."
While the league can't be happy with its officials blowing calls, the opinion is mixed to whether the replay rules should be expanded.
"If you wanted a perfect game where everything was perfect - the officiating, offence, defence, goaltending, we'd roll back the tape on every play like we do on every game and we wouldn't have any goals at all," Walkom told TSN.
And in a quick poll conducted by TSN with 13 NHL general managers asking if video replay should be considered, 11 of them gave a flat-out no.