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Video: Zibanejad scores key goal in questionable fashion

May 7, 2013, 11:14 PM EDT

As if Ottawa’s series against Montreal wasn’t heated enough, tonight’s 3-2 overtime loss likely won’t sit well with Canadiens’ fans.

Montreal had a 2-0 lead with less than nine minutes remaining in regulation time when Mika Zibanejad got the Senators on the board. The only problem is the goal went off his skate and led some to argue that it had been kicked in.

It looks like Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin can also be counted among those that are unhappy:

You can see the goal in question below:

  1. sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Love it. Screw the Cobra Kai.

  2. jimw81 - May 7, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Poor Bill, he’s still getting abused after leaving the ice. Colin Campbell is looking at goals in Toronto.

  3. nunan - May 7, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Deflected off his stick and then hit his foot. Unless he meant to deflect the puck to his foot (he didn’t) so he could kick it in, that’s a good goal.

    • chadc84 - May 8, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      “A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who kicks a puck that deflects into the net off any player, goalkeeper or official.” from the NHL rulebook
      It does not matter if his stick touched it on the way to his foot, if he used anything like a kicking motion, which I personally believe he did, then it should have been no goal.

      • valoisvipers - May 8, 2013 at 2:31 AM

        As much as you may see a kicking motion, the puck bounces off the skate blade prior to the kicking motion therefore rendering the kick useless and after the fact.

  4. drewzducks - May 7, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Clearly a legal goal. Stop whining and start winning Habsies.

  5. mclovinhockey - May 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    FIFA!!!!!
    It’s one thing to direct it in with the skate, but his foot does come off the ice.
    Clearly kicked, most sens fans are admitting it as well.
    But hey give me one game where the refs ever called everything right.

    I just want this to go to 7 cause its entertaining but seems like it will end in 5.

  6. hockeyflow33 - May 7, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    It’s always someone else’s fault with the Habs and Canucks

    • teaspoon1731 - May 8, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      And Flyers

      • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        I despise the Flyers but very rarely do they look to blame someone else, (not counting the goalie)

  7. dolanster - May 7, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Rule 49.2, “A puck that is directed into the net by an attacking player’s skate shall be a legitimate goal as long as no distinct kicking motion is evident.”

    No distinct motion = good goal. Stop whining and nut up Habs.

  8. govtminion - May 7, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    He definitely turned his skate, obviously, but it looked like it was to stop himself- NOT to knock the puck in with this skate. There was no kicking motion. Looks like the right call to me.

  9. stakex - May 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Its amazing how people rooting for different teams can both see something completely different on a play like this. Humans have a tendency to let their bias form their opinions way too often, instead of just using their eyes/ears/brains and just accept the facts even if they are not in your favor.

    On this play, Zibanejad angles his skate to deflect the puck into the net… a legal play. There is no kicking motion, as seen from the camera above the net. What does happen is his skate bounces as he stops himself and it gives the appearence of a kicking motion in some of the angles… but the motion is more up and down then “kicking”.

    Another thing to remember is that the call on the ice was a good goal. That means you need 100% clear evidence that the puck was kicked in and that simply does not exist in any of these angles. Even if you argue there is a kicking motion, it happens after the puck already left his skate… and the play would still be legal.

    I don’t really care who wins this series, but the Sens won this game fair and square.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      Since you don’t care who wins the game you are clearly using your eyes/ears/brain in an objective fashion. Therefore, we shall take your analysis of the play as gospel. Thank you.

  10. freneticgarfieldfan - May 8, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    “Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin registered his displeasure with series supervisor Bill McCreary about the late-game calls” – was he also lamenting the missing suspensions against his bunch of thugs, this after game 3?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      So., every GM in the league does the same. It’s in their job description.

  11. acieu - May 8, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    Good goal against a very bad over matched outclassed group of Habitants.

  12. eaglesbest - May 8, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Someone from Montreal complaining about something….wow that’s a big shock.

  13. 2qswing - May 8, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    golf league last night couldn’t watch the game. Seeing this for the first time. Don’t care who wins this series…that’s a kick

  14. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Good goal! Bad goal! Makes no difference. Send are clearly the better team. The are more consistent and play a very smart positional game. The goalies in this matchup are equally very good when Price is at his best. However, Anderson is clearly more consistent game in and game out.

  15. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    One more thing. What the heck was Zibanejad doing all by himself on the edge of the crease? Another example of the Habs porous D. Tinordi was caught in no mans land between the net and the puck. Inexperienced mistake. This happens with rookies.

  16. thedavesiknowiknow - May 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    The fact that a “kicking motion/no kicking motion” is still a rule baffles me. The NHL needs to focus less on making as many subjective and unnecessary rules as possible, and more on cracking the top ten North American sports. A goal is a freaking goal, feet or no feet. How about that?

    • hockeydon10 - May 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      You’re on the right path, but you took a wrong turn there at the end. With razors on the bottoms of their feet, the last thing anyone wants is to see them swinging their feet around in kicking motions. To remove the subjectivity, they should just disallow all goals that go in off skates. They already do this with a puck that hits a glove. Then it’s definitive and there is no room for interpretation of a “kicking motion” or not.

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