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Video: Sharks’ potential winning goal doesn’t get reviewed

Nov 6, 2013, 2:58 AM EDT

The San Jose Sharks fought back from a 3-1 deficit on Tuesday to grab a point in an eventual 5-4 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres, but many believe that they should have won in OT.

You be the judge if Tommy Wingels‘ potential game-winner was improperly waved off. Should what seemed like a tally been reviewed in Toronto, at least? Was the right call made?

Here’s a screengrab of the could-be goal taken from CSNBayArea’s video clip:


San Jose certainly isn’t hurting in the standings right now with 24 points in 15 games played, yet a win would have boosted them atop the NHL with 25. Maybe most importantly, it would’ve taken that advantage away from the Sharks’ divisional rivals in Anaheim.

It might not be a stretch to imagine some Sharks fans filing this one away if the team misses some milestone – whether it be a Presidents’ Trophy, division title or even a playoff spot – by a point.

Assuming the wrong call was made, of course.

  1. Windmiller4 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Once again the incompetency of the NHL rears it’s ugly head. I don’t know how something like this gets missed, then again I’ve seen so many other things the league has screwed up that I’m not really surprised to see this happen. Wonder what kind of bs statement Bettman will release tomorrow about this?

    • sharky94 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Are you kidding? It was a West Coast game. Everyone in Toronto was already asleep!

  2. bencia823 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Due to the fact that this was in overtime and would have ended the game, the NHL should be able to review it and decide to award San Jose an extra point, considering the fact that they earned it. Had this goal not been a game ender, the NHL would be unable to change the standings, but in this case, they should. Although it is unlikely, the proper course of action is to award both san jose and Buffalo 2 points for the game.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:28 AM

      Thumbed up, but I do disagree on your last “point” inasmuch as I’d go all the way and delete a point from Buffalo. Sharks duly won in OT and all records should reflect that. Replay is supposed to eliminate tainted results. Only one way to achieve that in this case.

    • thomasvanek - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      Eff that if Buffalo didn’t get that no goal rolled back in 1999 then this should be the same

  3. gsprulz - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    What are they gonna do suspend the idiots in Toronto…right. I’m not sure if they were watching the BUF feed but, it was evident on the Sharks feed the game was over. I can see how they got tricked because it was whistled and Myers kicked it out. Brutal night.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:26 AM

      gs, not positive but I think they have all feeds. They certainly should.

  4. williplett - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    Maybe the Sharks should not have let this truly pathetic Buffalo team score four in regulation. Mistakes are made-obviously.

  5. xxakshunxx - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    whats the point of even having a whole team of replay guys in the league if they’re not doing their jobs? must be nice to collect a paycheck without doing anything

  6. muckleflugga - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    the old ‘referee lost sight of the puck and was in the process of thinking he may in all probability come to the conclusion he intended on stopping the play but was impeded by his inability to retrieve said whistle from its roomy but dark and difficult to reach hiding place up his backside’ argument will be rolled-out by the geniuses in taranna [ once they wake up ]

    • wharp12 - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      Yep. We woke up.

  7. sjsharks66 - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    I had to watch the Buffalo feed. They did not talk about this at all. Makes me feel slightly better but should have not gone to OT in the first place.

  8. wharp12 - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Okay. Let’s calm down here. The first shot comes and traps under goalie. Ref clearly waves the play dead but doesn’t have his whistle in his mouth. Tommy then pokes at the dead puck and lodges it free. Long after the ref waves the play dead. Long after. The problem may have been that the puck was blown dead too early, a common problem. That’s not clear from the angles I see. That’s not reviewable either.

    • dueman - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      I realize that you are a Buffalo fan, but you and the other 16 Buffalo fans have to realize that the replay is at the top of the page,and it CLEARLY shows the puck go in like 3 seconds before the ref waves the play dead. Way before! Your boy Myers was pretty quick to kick the puck back out. If you fans are cool with that, that’s fine, but to try and pretend that that goal was never scored just makes you guys look stupid! Oh by the way…every goal is reviewable.

      • tarotsujimoto74 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Yes, Buffalo has no fans, just like how the blackhawks and red wings have no fans. That’s why they’re stilling pulling 90+% capacity at the arena even though the team has yet to win there this year.

      • gsprulz - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        It’s true the whistle was not a factor as it was already in net.

  9. kwall55 - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    “He acted like a college kid off the ice” now I wonder why a 20 year old kid would do a thing like that…

  10. canadianguest - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Games often have continued after a legitimate goal has been scored, and that time has be returned to the game clock after the goal has been found to be legitimate. When is it too late to go back? The NHL and NHLPA need to add in a rule whereas a goal that would have ended a game, IE overtime goal, that goal can be ruled a good goal, and the game awarded to that correctly identified winning team. The goal would have to be conclusive, erring on the side of caution to the on ice officials. There should also be a time limit, a statute of limitations, for when a goal may be allowed. A goal should not be considered disallowed after a game has officially ended.

  11. r4n6er - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Sharks should have the extra point period.

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