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NHL aware of timekeeping error in Washington, issues statement

Apr 19, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

If you missed it, a timekeeping mistake caused the Boston Bruins-Washington Capitals game to last 5.3 seconds longer than it should have. Late in the third period, Washington had a 2-1 lead, but the Bruins were putting pressure on Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby.

Holtby made a stunning save in what was initially believed to be the final second of the game and Washington earned a 2-1 victory. You can watch his heroics below:

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The NHL has since confirmed that had Boston scored after the game should have ended, it would not have counted.

“With 9.5 seconds remaining in the third period, there was a stoppage and resulting face-off in the Washington zone,” NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy explained in a statement. “During the stoppage, the game clock operator and Series Manager determined that 0.9 seconds should have been added to the time remaining in the third period and attempted to contact the on-ice officials to delay the puck drop to accommodate making the necessary clock adjustment to 10.4 seconds remaining.

“The off-ice officials were not able to attract the attention of the referees or linesmen despite sounding the horn, which was not audible due to crowd noise, and the puck was dropped.

“The NHL Situation Room in Toronto immediately was aware that the clock had not started for 5.3 seconds after the face-off and, therefore, would have disallowed a goal scored with 5.3 seconds or less showing on the clock.”

  1. flavadave10 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    In everyone’s defense, it was borderline deafening at that time. I had a feeling that the guys in Toronto would be on it.

  2. capsfan19 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Verizon center get’s crazy loud! Went to game 3 and it was rockin’! Rockin’ the red that is.

  3. oviovertime - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    I was there and It was the loudest I have ever heard a place. No wonder why. What a game though! Go caps!

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      I agree that it was loud… But not the loudest. When Fedorov Scored the go ahead goal with 5 minutes left the other year against the Rangers, that was the loudest I’ve heard any arena that I have encountered. That includes a Motley Crue Concert

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    So does this count as an overtime victory? 😉
    Go Caps.

  5. tonyromoisterrible - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    Probably just the NHL cya. If the ruins had scored bettman probably would have allowed it.

  6. lesleyvissersfacelift - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    The clip you provided is useless because it begins after the clock started.

  7. habsman - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    Is there any truth to the rumors that Colin Campbell was seen leaving the time-keepers area at the end of the game?

    • govtminion - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Grow. Up.

      • habsman - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        Bruin fans take criticism of their team too seriously. Relax, have beer and chill out.

  8. buckeye044 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Had Boston been playing Columbus, they would have scored.

  9. shiplore - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    That whole last 30 seconds was a mess. The Boston feed showed the whistle blow for the final face off with at least 12.5 seconds left but it ran down to 9. Julien was also show screaming at the ref for more time to be added and at least one ref was physically talking to the off-ice officials so “too loud” doesn’t make a ton of sense. then the clock didn’t run for a good 5-6 seconds once the puck was actually dropped if Bergy had finished that last shot it would have been a heart breaking debacle..”The NHL where debacles happen”

    • shiplore - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      There was also a hilarious shot of Seguin asking Pierre McGuire between the glass how much time should be left and you could see him say “I have no idea”

  10. dolfandon - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    “The off-ice officials were not able to attract the attention of the referees or linesmen despite sounding the horn, which was not audible due to crowd noise, and the puck was dropped.

    As a Caps fan this warms my heart. Rock the red!!!

    • shiplore - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      It’s a nice story, completely fictional but warms the hearts. Noise will never cause that, they messed up and are playing CYA. (Not bitter, they messed up 8 ways to sunday at the end of that game, but didn’t change the outcome one bit) but if you buy the NHL’s explanation I have a bridge to sell you. They have big light that goes on for TV timeouts that all the officals check.

  11. florida727 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Appreciate the light-hearted comments, but in all seriousness, doesn’t the timekeeper either watch the actual puck being dropped, or the referee’s arm drop or something to signify play has begun? I get the whole trying to get their attention thing to add 0.9 onto the clock, but FIVE+ seconds to say, “screw it, puck dropped, got to start the time”?

  12. rockthered1286 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Caps playoffs games @ Verizon Center. Once you hear…


    …forget hearing anything the rest of the night. Truly deafening.

  13. caps247 - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    I watched most playoff games this postseason. Even on an HDTV watching that Caps game was enough to wake the whole family up. That’s what the Caps need to win this series — a sea of bright red at Verizon Center and fans screaming their hearts out. Truly one of the loudest fan bases I’ve ever seen and one of the most loyal, because selling out 148 straight games isn’t something to laugh at.

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