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Drew Doughty bested Blue Jackets at buzzer … or did he?

Feb 2, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

If you want a single video clip that summarizes how Columbus Blue Jackets fans must feel about this season, this Drew Doughty game-winner might be it:

That goal sealed the deal at 3-2 with somewhere between .5 and .3 seconds left in the third period, which is just brutal – and typical, really. Actually, what’s truly brutal is that it appears the clock “malfunctioned” in Los Angeles and allowed the goal to take place:

Here’s how Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch describes the mishap:

Replays shown by both Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports West, which covers the Kings, show the game clock mysteriously stopping for at least a full second with 1.8 seconds remaining. Had the clock kept running — the puck was still in play, so it should have — the buzzer would have sounded before Doughty dropped to a knee and buried the loose puck.

Adding to the intrigue is the fact that NHL referee Stephen Walkon initially ruled no-goal on the ice. It was that ruling — no goal, time expired — that Walkon sought to confirm when he skated over to off-ice officials for a replay. The looked only at the time when the puck crossed the line and ruled that it did go into the net with time remaining.

Portzline caught up with Blue Jackets interim head coach Todd Richards, who was understandably upset.

“I don’t have any official report,” Todd Richards said. “But watching the replay and talking to the producer who does our show (on Fox Sports Ohio), the clock stopped at 1.8 and stopped for 1.5 seconds. They scored with 0.5 … I’m really disappointed for the players.”

The one saving grace is that Columbus is well out of the playoff race, but on the Kings’ end, that break might have earned them an extra point and win that might not have happened had the game gone into overtime. This solidifies Los Angeles’ spot in seventh place in the West at 60 points while the Blue Jackets remain, well, just as deep in the basement as they were before.

  1. abrienza428 - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Weird. Probably shouldn’t have counted.

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      That’s Chickenshit

  2. finfan88shark - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Yeah maybe it does not matter for the Blue Jackets. But lets remember it gives the Kings 2 points, and as close as the race in the West is those 2 points could become a factor in the playoff race.

    • sknut - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Yeah I am sure that the teams battling the Kings for a playoff spot are none too happy. Its a pretty crappy call and no reason for it. I don’t care if Columbus is a 10000 points out of the playoffs they got screwed.

  3. finfan88shark - Feb 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    It is a shame to think that the Kings could get home ice advantage, or even make the playoffs by 1 point, and that 1 point could be because of this game.

  4. solador78 - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Check out the BLUE TINT in the BLUE Jackets feeds compared to the NHL feed.

    No wonder Columbus fans are gloomy all the time.

  5. tjmackism - Feb 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    It doesn’t matter what the team records are. The rightness or wrongness of what happened doesn’t depend on that. There clearly was a delay in the clock counting down the time. Without that mysterious delay, time would have expired before the goal was scored. This has been confirmed in multiple ways, the last one I saw being to count the frames in the video of the game and factor in the frame rate. This gives a 1.28 second delay, more than enough time to allow the disrupted goal to go in. It is clearly a case of being jobbed by either a clock error or operator error. Anyone who values fair play and playing by the rules should be concerned about this, no matter how far out of the playoffs a team is. Because if they can job a last-place team like this, they can job those who are fighting for a playoff spot.

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