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Video: Isles blow two leads, have OT goal overturned, lose in shootout to Blues

Jan 25, 2014, 4:23 PM EST

Earlier today we talked about how the New York Islanders wanted to stop blowing 2-0 leads and close out games. Sure enough, they did neither of those things against the St. Louis Blues this afternoon, but it wasn’t without controversy.

Thomas Vanek scored what he and the Islanders thought was the game-winning goal to salvage the win with 1:15 to go in overtime, only to have it overturned on replay by officials from the NHL War Room in Toronto.

According to the NHL’s Situation Room blog, Vanek kicked the puck past Jaroslav Halak with his left skate. On replay, the only obvious part was that the puck went off Vanek’s skate. Deliberately kicked though? Take a look at the video:

The reaction to the overturned goal around Twitter was strong.

With neither team scoring in the final seconds after the overturned goal, it was off to the shootout where Kevin Shattenkirk completed the Isles collapse beating Kevin Poulin and giving the Blues a 4-3 win.

Of course, how the Islanders got there is part of this story. Again they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead only to have Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko score twice to make it a 2-2 game. Matt Martin put the Isles ahead 3-2 in the third, but T.J. Oshie scored with 27 seconds left in the period to tie it 3-3.

We knew they were having issues finishing games, but that’s rough.

  1. jl9830 - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Vanek even called the league out after this one. It’s ridiculous. These kinds of calls are happening more and more all over the league. At some point, these games need to start being called equally. If this was Crosby and the Penguins, that goal sure as he l l would have counted.

  2. jhaegs - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    We MIGHT have stolen a point in this one… Still a sloppy game by the Blues. They need to tighten things up in the D zone, and play like they did in the first half of the season. Even the wins have been uneasy lately. LGB

    • rbbbaron - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      the Isles have a way of making teams play sloppy hockey (see PGH)

      • jhaegs - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        The Isles played a great game. Tons of speed and offense on that team. Poulin played like a man possessed too. There were a lot if fundamental things the Blues weren’t doing though (specifically in the 1st). They got better as the game went on, but these bad starts are going to catch up with them.

      • jhaegs - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:52 PM


      • bcsteele - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        I would argue the bad starts have already hurt us…I was at the Ducks game a few games ago and about lost my mind. They need to shape that up.

      • jhaegs - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        As a Blues fan, choose not to acknowledge that game ever happened… along with the NJ game.

        I mean, what games?

      • bcsteele - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Good idea…lol

    • mp1131211 - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      You did.

  3. ddefran87 - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Blues got very lucky with this one. Sloppy play and bad defense got them behind…however these types of games are what good teams need everyone once in a while

  4. multiplemiggs - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM


    • stakex - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Can you tell me what said conspiracy actually is? Because while there have been a ton of bad calls, especially from the war room, there is no pattern to them what so ever. Its not like the Islanders, or any other team, are getting bad calls against them every game. Its all over the board.

      Instead its far more likely their is a competency problem when it comes to the officiating in the NHL, both on and off the ice.

  5. bcsteele - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I’m a Blues fan and think we got away with one there. However, its not like the Islanders had their chance to close this out. So if all the Isles fans scream about this I would call it unfounded because we didn’t play well and this should have never gotten to overtime. Kudos to the Blues for battling back though.

    You know what they say, you create your own luck sometimes.

  6. multiplemiggs - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Yea keep thumbing down. hahah morons dont even know a thing CLUELESS

    • jhaegs - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Since when has there been a bias towards the Blues?

    • alliceishome - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Yeah, clearly the guy yelling all in caps and calling everyone morons is the one that knows what’s really going on…

  7. imgoingtowichita - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    They let Rob Ford in the ‘war room’ to call that one. Isles fans should be irate!

  8. stakex - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Yet again a goal review when it comes to a puck that may have been kicked in has caused a major controversy. When is the NHL going to wake up to the fact that allowing for personal judgment on a subjective play is a bad idea? The rules should be as cut and dry as possible, as to allow for as little personal opinion as possible.

    So change this rule one of two ways:

    1. Allow players to kick the puck into the net. No more controversy, and more goal scoring…. the only thing the NHL seems to care about.

    2. Disallow all goals that go in off the skate of an attacking player. No opinion, no controversy, no idiots screaming conspiracy.

    Either one will work, but the NHL has to do something with all the controversial goal reviews this year.

    • joey4id - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      1. Allow players to kick the puck into the net. No more controversy, and more goal scoring…. the only thing the NHL seems to care about.

      Brilliant! Can you envision 3 forwards in from of the net kicking away at the puck? If you say yes, then you’re completely clueless. Can there be a better scenario to ensure someone is seriously injured by a blade?

      2. Disallow all goals that go in off the skate of an attacking player. No opinion, no controversy, no idiots screaming conspiracy.

      So, F1 makes a pass to F2 in front of the net over never sees the puck, but it deflects of F2’s skate and ends up in the net. No goal! Or a slap shot from the point along the ice deflect off a d man then of the skate of F1, who again never saw the puck. No goal! Wow! You need to come up with something better than these examples.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Don’t listen to him. If the NHL allowed kicked in goals, there would NOT be players camping out kicking wildly and high into the air trying to kick the puck in. That’s like saying that if the NHL allowed hand passes then it would turn into a game of catch. Give me a break….

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        I would love to be a goalie, paddle down looking for the puck and have everybody kicking at me…

      • mp1131211 - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        OK, fine, so no foot contact in the crease, period. None. Outside the crease, it’s OK. Whatever… anything is better than the current.

      • joey4id - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        Hey! Moron! Allowing players to kick the puck in or outside the crease would be as dangerous as allowing the players to swat the puck above shoulder height to score goals. Don’t be an idiot! Think with that pea on your shoulders. It usually helps.

      • mp1131211 - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        Do us all a favor, PHT. Ban him again. It’s one thing to disagree, it is another to start with the name calling and personal attacks. Ban Joey AGAIN and all his multiple accounts.

      • joey4id - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        mp1131211, I’ve been called worst things than moron and none of those who did the name calling have been banned. “Don’t listen to him’ is just a hypocritical way of writing disparaging remarks. Back off, and I’ll do the same.

      • mp1131211 - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        Shut it Joey. I didn’t respond to your comment, but stakex’s for a reason.

    • jhaegs - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Heck ya! I’d love to see a hockey player do a full on “futbol” bicycle kick… They can put a little English on it and bend the puck around the goaltender too.

      • mp1131211 - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        They could just allow goals where the skate doesn’t leave the ice

      • jhaegs - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        I was kidding. Calm your t¡ts, bro…

      • mp1131211 - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Not upset. I thought it was funny.

  9. Stiller43 - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:52 PM


    I cant believe im defending stakex (and even thought cups made sense today), but all stakex is saying is those are the two possible ways to take any conspiracy out of the game…you cant argue that…or dont complain when something not black and white goes against you, because it easily could have been definitively for you OR against you the other way…but at least it would be clear.

    • joey4id - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Allowing players to kick the puck while standing in or just outside the crease would be like allowing players to swat the pick above the shoulders to score goals. Think about the consequences of the players actions before you make a suggestion. It’s the GM’s responsibility to do this before making rule changes. Clearly stakex doesn’t have the ability to do that.

  10. terrier92 - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Brutal call Toronto

  11. jhaegs - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    So anyway… How bout that Tarasenko!?!?

  12. President Charles Logan - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    mrs know it all joey … .. lol

  13. President Charles Logan - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    isles deserve to lose each time they wear those horrible 3rd jerseys

  14. bucfanforlife - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    I personally like kronwalls bank shot goal better

  15. bcisleman - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    There is a reason why “incontrovertable evidence” is required to overrule a call on the ice. On ice officials are the ones calling the game. Toronto should only get involved when there is clear evidence that they have missed something. There was no such evidence. This leads to claims of subjectivity and conspiracy that are impossible to disprove. The use and misuse of replay needs to change.

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