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Video: Todd Bertuzzi's controversial goal

Apr 2, 2010, 7:45 AM EDT

Wings1.pngI don’t believe in conspiracy theories, although I understand that
there are a number of fans throughout the NHL that are convinced that
their team has a target on it’s back. The Red Wings fall into this
category, based on the fact on the number of controversial calls that
have gone against Detroit the past few years that have taken goals away.
Nevermind the fact that the Red Wings are the most successful franchise
of the past 20 years and have won four Stanley Cups in that time.

Now, we have a controversial call that has gone in favor of the Red
Wings, and one that continues their incredible hot streak headed in to
the playoffs.

1:13 into the third period, with the Red Wings leading Columbus 2-1,
Todd Bertuzzi looked to have scored to give Detroit a 3-1 lead. The
officials immediately called off the goal off, then went to Toronto for
further review. The referees supposedly originally called the goal off
based on Bertuzzi kicking the puck in, and on replays it showed the puck
definitely going in off his skate.

Surprisingly, video replay overturned the call.

“It’s a really sad state of affairs if that’s the winning goal,” Blue
Jackets coach Claude Noel said. “You can see for yourself.”

After the jump, video of the goal and a debate over Bertuzzi’s soccer
skills.

“No, not me. I don’t think I’m good enough to do something like that.
Every once in a while you get some lucky bounces and that was one of
them,” Bertuzzi said. “It ended up being pretty important. … I was just
going to the net and got hit. Z (Zetterberg) made a good play getting it
to the net. There was contact. Hit the back of my skate and went in.”

Normally when a goal is called off for being kicked, it comes with a
very distinct kicking motion and usually as the player is ‘braking’ as
they crash the net. They’ll direct their skate forward in order to
direct the shot or try and sweep the puck in the direction of the net.
These fall under ‘distinct kicking motions’. But what about when the
puck is kicked off the heel of the skate, backwards?

Here’s the game highlights from Detroit’s 3-2 win. The replay of the
goal starts at 4:45.

It certainly appears that his skate was coming down, just as the puck
went off his heel. But was it a ‘distinct kicking motion’? Normally,
when one thinks of kicking it’s in a forward direction. I don’t think
we’ve ever seen a player deliberately bank a shot off the back of his
skate before, which if done on purpose is one heck of a feat. That’s
like swinging a bat backwards at a 60 mph pitch.

Good goal or not?
There really is no precedent for this sort of ‘kick’ and the officials
in Toronto determined that it was not a deliberate, distinct kick. More
like blind luck than anything.

What are your thoughts?

  1. Wangedwing - Apr 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM

    I’ve watched the video..and, yes, the puck did go in off his skate..but, to say he intentionally kicked it? I dunno..if thats the case, he’s a helluva an athelete. He was being hit as the puck made its way to him..not even sure he saw the puck coming. Either way, no matter how you feel about the goal, as a Wings fan, who’s seen things like 6 men on the ice for 30 seconds, and no call made against the opposing team…I’d say turnabout is fair play. It goes back to the old adage, you win some, you lose some. Imho, Detroit has been on the bad end of calls more often than on the good end. Hey, Brandon, think Detroit is done yet? I believe that they will go deep in the playoffs, possibly even the finals, and next year is actually looking better all the time. Go Wings!

  2. Jeff - Apr 2, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Twice covering the puck in the crease in the Finals last spring….no call either time. The team has won 4 cups in the last 2 decades. I have no sympathy/empathy for the Red Wings or their fans.

  3. Matt W. - Apr 2, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    The Blue Jackets have one of the worst records in the NHL in terms of having calls going against them from the War Room. Remember the infamous Wes Walz’s pants goal?
    I’d say it’s a mix of Pro-Detroit and Anti-Columbus biases from the wonderful folks at the War Room.

  4. TDEAN - Apr 2, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    toronto calls them pretty accurately – too bad the zebras suck.
    Betteman must go. Detroit franchise is good for Hockey just like the NYY. Detroit has had really sh=t calls going against them going even farther back than the 2007 2 minute call against Datsyuk vs Anaheim with 2 minutes left in the game. Goes back to the ol baseball games where one phrase was : shoot the umpire. ? or was it Kill the Umpire?
    should have been a three peat- 2007-2008 and 2009 vs the Goons and We’ll let super Mario s team win this year to make a great headlines story for Hockey –Bankrupt team comes back to win cup for Super Mario and the Steel City. ha what a joke that was, the ice was so G D *** tilted it was a frckn laugh in the face of sportsmanship. Classless teams should not win anything.

  5. Brandon - Apr 2, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    I can’t believe the Jacket players are complaining about this goal. Is it a gritty, non-highlight reel, blue collar goal? You bet! But kicked in? Seriously? Bertuzzi is being rode into the goalie by the D-man AND he’s supposed to have presence of mind to kick the puck in off the heel of his stick? No way, hombre.
    Not to knock Bertuzzi’s talent or skill, but even Ovechkin isn’t THAT good!!

  6. Brandon - Apr 2, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    I can’t believe the Jacket players are complaining about this goal. Is it a gritty, non-highlight reel, blue collar goal? You bet! But kicked in? Seriously? Bertuzzi is being rode into the goalie by the D-man AND he’s supposed to have presence of mind to kick the puck in off the heel of his stick? No way, hombre.
    Not to knock Bertuzzi’s talent or skill, but even Ovechkin isn’t THAT good!!

  7. RedWingRex - Apr 2, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Wah, wah, wah.

  8. Phil - Apr 2, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    No ‘WHINING’ ! It’s Pretty Obvious That Bertuzzi Had No Idea That The Puck Was Headed For His Skate And EVEN ‘IF’ He Had Thought It ‘Might Be” There’s NO WAY He Would Have Been Able To ‘Time’ A NEVER BEFORE ATTEMPTED ‘Backwards’ Kick With The Heel Of His Skate Into The Net While Being Checked By The Jacket’s D-Man I Mean C’mon ‘Man’..Give Me A BREAK !!

  9. JacketsBlog - Apr 3, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    Kicked, no question. If Manny Malhotra can kick with one leg, then Todd Bertuzzi can accidentally re-direct the puck.
    It wasn’t the issue of purposeful versus accidental. All that matters is “DISTINCT KICKING MOTION”, it wasn’t intentional, but it was a kicking motion regardless.

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