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Goal or not?: Nicklas Backstrom

Apr 6, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

Since the other two games were more or less glorified exhibitions, this morning’s video fun will focus mainly on the Washington-Boston contest. It’s a good thing that there’s some interesting video to show you.

First things first, let’s take a look at a moment that could have been controversial. This debated goal by Nicklas Backstrom was reviewed over and over again on TV and in Toronto for a good reason: it’s really a close call. It’s important to note that for a goal to count, the entire puck must cross the red line. You be the judge: does it make its way over or is there just a bit more to go before it’s actually a goal?

Personally, I think that it wasn’t a goal, but it’s so hard to say that I can understand why they went with the on-ice decision. I will say this, though: NHL defensemen have an almost eerie knack for stopping goals at the last minute. I’ll never forget Willie Mitchell saving an apparent goal during a Dallas Stars-Vancouver Canucks series years ago. Is there some secret last second goal stopping training school these guys go to or something?

  1. eyebleaf - Apr 6, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    No goal.
    And James, congrats on the NBC gig. Well done.

  2. Katie - Apr 6, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Its a GOAL

  3. Boudreau's Belt - Apr 6, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Not a goal. And I’m a Caps fan.

  4. Chris - Apr 6, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    From the front view it really looks like it was all the way over the line, but from the overhead it’s pretty clear that there was part of the puck that didn’t make it over. No goal.
    I think the bigger issue was the 4 minute power play the refs missed when Sedin (I think it was Sedin) high sticked Chara and drew blood. Could have changed the whole game.
    And I’m a Caps fan!

  5. Dyke Milbury - Apr 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    I think everyone is forgetting that the ref called it a goal, and it needs to be 100% indisputable to overturn it. Since people are arguing both sides at the moment, its clearly NOT indisputable.

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