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Columbus GM calls clock malfunction an “amazing coincidence”

Feb 2, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

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Columbus Blue Jackets GM/blogger Scott Howson has taken to the interweb again, this time in the wake of his team’s controversial 3-2 loss to Los Angeles when a clock malfunction allowed the Kings to score the game-winning goal with 0.4 seconds left in regulation.

“It is an amazing coincidence that with the Kings on a power play at Staples Center and with a mad scramble around our net in the dying seconds of the third period of a 2-2 hockey game that the clock stopped for at least one full second,” Howson writes. “I can only think of two ways in which this would have happened. Either there was a deliberate stopping of the clock or the clock malfunctioned.”

Oooh, snap!

This isn’t the first Howson has used his weblog — or “blog,” as it’s known to nerds — to publicly address a controversial issue. Back in October he penned Stand and Fight, a blog entry asking Columbus fans to stick with the team after its awful start to the season.

Howson’s latest entry has a slightly different feel:

It’s easy to say that this doesn’t matter. We, the Blue Jackets, are in last place and it is likely not going to affect our place in the standings. However, in my opinion, this matters in many respects. It matters to our players, to our coaches, every person in our organization and our fans. In talking with our coaches and Craig Patrick, our players played with passion, tenacity, grit, determination and competitiveness after a rather embarrassing loss in San Jose the night before.

We will never know if we should have had one point or two points in the standings. What we do know is that we should not have had zero.

Anyone who has competed at a high level of sports knows that when you put everything into a game, the result matters. And to have the result altered unfairly stings.

Hey, give Howson credit for (mostly) keeping his composure. Columbus has lost in almost every conceivable fashion this year — blowouts, collapses, etc. — and finding a new, unprecedented way to lose could’ve (heck, should’ve) pushed him over the edge.

That said, I do kinda wish Howson had a LiveJournal account where he expressed his raw, unfiltered emotions. The thought of him setting his mood to “melancholy” while listening to Dashboard Confessional is quite compelling.

  1. finfan88shark - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Come Playoff time, that 1 point by the Kings could be the difference between a playoff berth, and home ice advantage. Just embarrassing plain and simple.

  2. solador78 - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    It also matters Vegas (the home of the NHL awards) and the Anschutz Entertainment group.

  3. bensawesomeness - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    they shoulda looked at it when the goal was scored – looked to me like the clock operator thought the play was dead at 1.8 so he stopped it for a second, then kept it going then no whistle was blown, allowing the Kings to score.

    Columbus’ GM shoulda just kept his mouth shut and hoped they got a break sooner rather than later for it

    • solador78 - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      The NHL still owes them one for the Wisniewski suspension.

      • ThatGuy - Feb 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        The NHL owes them crap for the Wisniewski suspension. He elbowed a player in the head, after the third period is over. Deserved every game he got.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        Not to mention he’s a repeat dirtbag.

  4. velocirapist - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Just like how their ownership has chalked up Scott Howson’s inept GM-ery and the fact that the team is terrible to an “amazing coincidence”. He should shut up about amazing coincidences, they allow him to remain employed.

  5. solador78 - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Ever notice how the Blue Jackets Network (plus the Rangers on MSG and the Canucks on Sportsnet) have way too much blue tint in their picture?

    Or how Habs games are tinted red on RDS (but not on TSN)?

    Now that’s an amazing coincidence.


    • solador78 - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Here’s side-by-side proof that the Blue Jackets Network adds BLUE TINT to their feed (as compared to the NHL Network feed):

    • solador78 - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Here’s a great website explaining the practical application of tint in mkultra:

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