The NHL offices probably decided that we must have the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs, especially given a pesky low-ratings team in the Calgary Flames was on their heels in the playoff chase. Tonight against the St. Louis Blues, down 2-0, Marian Hossa was awarded a goal. Despite numerous replays the folks in Toronto decided the goal was valid. Huh?
Hossa kicked the puck, it never touched his stick, it never crossed the line, no matter how you look at it there is no way that should’ve been a goal. At a minimum, it should’ve been disallowed for Hossa’s kicking motion as I see nothing to suggest the puck touched Hossa’s stick on the way towards the far post.
As far as the puck being over the line…..yeah it wasn’t. This is the best screenshot I can give you to show that the whole of the puck did not cross the whole of the line. Pay close attention to the goalpost at the top of the picture. I froze it just before Ty Conklin covered it up. If you watched the video there’s no possible way the puck crossed the line from this frozen image to Conklin covering it with his glove.
You can see part of the puck clearly on the red line. Where’s the goal?
Chicago won 4-3 in OT to get 2 points, and with Anaheim’s win tonight, the Flames are eliminated from playoff contention. Yep. I dare anyone to tell me that what I just witnessed was a legal and valid goal.
I hope the Vancouver Canucks face Chicago and annihilate them in the playoffs.