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Video: Oilers’ Fraser scores controversial second-period goal

Mar 13, 2014, 10:36 PM EST

On Thursday, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Mark Fraser scored his first NHL goal in over four years, and it also happened to be of some controversy.

The goal came with St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman on the ice, in pain, after taking an incidental knee to the head from the Oilers’ Jesse Joensuu.

Joensuu was trying to avoid contact, by jumping over Jackman, who fell trying to play the puck, however he clipped the Blues defenseman with his left leg. The goal counted, despite Jackman down on the ice for several seconds between the contact with Joensuu and when the puck went past Ryan Miller.

For Fraser, it was his first goal since March 2, 2010. It also tied the game at 2-2 heading into the third period.

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    The Blues did not have possession. Why would they blow it down? Very unfortunate that he caught an accidental knee to the head and I hope he is ok. There is not much controversy, in my opinion.

    • 19to77 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Basically, the argument is that the long period he lay there motionless constitutes “a case where it’s obvious a player has sustained serious injury,” therefore the refs should have halted play. I think it’s a contentious point, but probably a fair one. He was down and clearly not moving for a pretty long time there. Just my opinion though. I don’t (and couldn’t) do their job, so I can’t judge their decisions too harshly.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      If the players could all be trusted to never, ever fake being hurt so as to get a whistle, the rule could reflect that and the refs could know that any player down on the ice for a few seconds is badly hurt and stop play. However, such is not the case, hence the unfortunate rule.
      PS, it’s the same with goalies being subbed in. A new goalie used to get some warmups, but coaches abused this to get time outs, so the warmups went away.

  2. 19to77 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Wow. Yeah, that should have been whistled down. Looks like a pretty bad lapse, but it’s easy to judge things like this from their result without considering what it was like in real time. Refs are human. Mistakes get made. I’m sure this is a sequence they’d like to do over if they had the chance.

    It should also be said though that Joensuu did all he could to avoid it. Very unfortunate how it turned out. Did Jackman return to the game?

    • paperlions - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Yeah, Jackman returned and seemed to be fine. He was bleeding pretty badly, like his helmet cut him on the ear or forehead…but that seemed to be the extent of the injury..

  3. luz56 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    God the Oilers are pathetic… How many top three picks can you aquire and still be futile???… That’s the City of Second best…

    • sjsharks66 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Yeah, a team full of young players. With hardly any veteran guidance. How on earth are they not the best team in the league? I mean, rookies come in to a team and most of them do very well. Could it be that they are surrounded by veteran players to give them tips and advice to develop their hockey skills? No….that couldn’t be possible, right?

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:11 AM

        Eventually a team full of young exciting players with potential has to do something otherwise they’re just a team that never was. If they need vets to teach the kids at this point then management needs to get them because finishing last every year shouldn’t be the goal.

        Edmonton is supposedly 2-3 years ahead of Calgary in the rebuild yet Calgary is ahead of them in the standings and Calgary is playing 7 rookies a night right now and those players are playing well, maturing, competing (in the 20 games before beating Anaheim 7-2 last night the Flames had played 18 one goal games, the other 2 games were decided by 2 goals although one of those had an empty net goal) and winning some games.

        And based on the way they’re giving out 6 year $6 million a year contracts to their young “stars” (Nugent Hopkins has come nowhere near deserving that contract so far) by the time the Oilers start competing (if they ever do) they’re going to have to start dealing players and retooling.

      • jhaegs - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        They won’t go anywhere if they continue their selfish play.

  4. jhaegs - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    I was more ticked about the non call on the goalie interference. Miller got completely spun around when an Oilers player clipped his leg (in the crease). Oh well… no harm done.

    LGB!

  5. hockeyflow33 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    This isn’t a peewee game, barring a deathly injury, the play continues until the injured player’s team maintains possession of the puck.

  6. bluesdroogie - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    the injury to jackman on the play could have been reason to blow the whistle, but the interference with miller causing him to spin around completely was my main gripe. I guess the ref thought our defenseman pushed him into miller (which I do not believe to be the case) either way, glad jackman is okay, hope Berglund is okay, and good 3rd period blues!!!!!!!!!!!

    just wish we could have played the entire game like we did the 3rd.

  7. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Jackman was fine and he returned to the game. Refs made the right call.

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