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NHL investigating clock hiccup that fleeced Blue Jackets

Feb 2, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

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The NHL has launched an investigation into a scoreboard malfunction (if you believe that’s what it was) last night in Los Angeles that allowed the Kings to score the game-winning goal versus the Blue Jackets when time should’ve already expired.

Colin Campbell, the league’s senior VP of hockey operations, spoke with the Globe and Mail this morning to explain how the NHL’s video room could’ve missed the temporarily stalled clock that gave the home team the extra second it needed to put the puck in the net.

“We didn’t even look to go back and say ‘OK, did something happen (with the clock)?“’ Campbell said. “When it crosses the line (and) you review it, you back the puck out and you see what the clock was. And the clock was 0.4 (seconds).

“And then after the game, minutes after the game, we see (it and say) ‘Holy cow.“’

At the very least, you can’t accuse Campbell of ducking the truth when he uses the phrase, “Holy cow.” Pretty sure that it’s not in the PR bible.

The Globe says it’s not clear if the result of the game will stand. However, it’s hard to imagine how the NHL could take a point away from the Kings when L.A. could’ve still won in overtime or a shootout.

The two teams meet once more this season, in Columbus on March 8. Could the league make them play an overtime session? And if it did, would it then be the Kings who end up getting screwed? In this case, out of a home-ice advantage.

Update: Campbell told ESPN.com that whatever the investigation turns up, the result will stand.

Related: Columbus GM calls clock malfunction an “amazing coincidence”

  1. solador78 - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    It is what it is. Can’t take it back now. Bets have already been settled.

    • stakex - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      The integrity of the game is at stake, so of course it can be taken back. What if this was a “human error” that just so happened to help out the home team? How could the league possibly not do something about that?

      • solador78 - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        I’m not disagreeing with you… just stating the obvious conclusion to the NHL’s investigation.

      • yettyskills - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        Do what? Move the league to fantasy land where they bring back the team book hotels rooms and hope that the arena is available to finish the game.

        The NHL screwed up, and the effected parties will have to accept it and the league will learn from this mistake.

        In fantasy land yes, the game gets finished, but in the real world, it is what it is and isn’t going to change.

      • stakex - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        @yettyskills – Well the league could have had the teams finish the game the next time they meet. After all, it would only require and extra 5 minute overtime and wouldn’t have been the first time an NHL game had to be finised at a later date.

        However it is now clear the league won’t change the outcome, and I guess I can’t argue with the decision to let the game stand since the game was already in the books. With that said, if its proven that this was an intentional act by a member of the staff running the clock (still a big IF at this point), the Kings should be punished heavily… possibly even losing draft picks. The NHL simply cannot have this kind of thing happen IF it was intentional, and needs to respond with an iron fist to make an example.

  2. barkar942 - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    All that the NHL can do on this one is make sure an off ice official wasn’t intentionally stopping and starting the clock to extend the game just a second or two. Also test the timing system to be sure there is no electronic malfunction.

  3. hystoracle - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Don’t take penalties in the last minute of the game and this situation doesn’t happen. Maybe clear the puck out of the slot. Bad teams have crap happen to them because they are in the position to allow it to happen. Clock should have stopped.. Count the extra second as part of OT – Give Columbus a point and an OL and move on.

    • hystoracle - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      *shouldn’t (have stopped)

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      I don’t have a dog in this fight, but you’re absolutely wrong about trying to rationalize the issue. All that line of thinking does is duck the responsibility to make sure it never happens again.

      Though I do like your pity point idea.

      • kellyb9 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Couldn’t agree more. Rationalizing this because you have “dog in the fight” is ridiculous. The NHL needs to rectify this because it could potentially happen in the playoffs. Thats enough reason in my mind to replay a portion of this game.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    This would happen to the Jackets. When it rains it pours. What a brutal season.

    • tjmackism - Feb 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      That was my thought. Why do they have to screw over the last-place team? I mean, have a heart. If you’re going to pull this crap, at least do it do a decent team, like the Red Wings or Bruins. Why add insult to injury by cheating on the last-place team?

  5. bostonbsrecaps - Feb 4, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I guess the international leap second (an extra second) scheduled for June 30 must’ve happened 5 months early!

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