|Posted by Radatz on October 28, 2017 at 10:45 PM|
This is a roast of the last second of a brilliant hockey game played tonight between the Bruins and the Kings. To Kings fans it's a great victory, requiring a remarkable piece of execution at the very end (which is true). To Bruins fans it's a little different, and that will be my angle.
First, let me start with my contempt for the NHL's latest artificial-action scam, which is the 3-on-3 OT. It is just the latest level of Mickey Mouse hockey invented by the NHL to shorten the dreaded regular-season overtime while never having to admit they made a mistake outlawing the tie in the first place. Still, the Bruins and Kings had played a great hockey game for 60 minutes, then for all of the OT except for the last second.
As OT was ending, Boston brought the puck down the ice and with 3.5 seconds left Krug dumped it softly into the Kings' end. With the clock showing 0.4 seconds, the ref called icing before a King had even touched the puck (another brilliant recent rule). Boston was in an aborted line change with no center on the ice, expecting the game to go to shootout like everybody else. They couldn't change personnel. Then, before the faceoff to Rask's left, the officials put another half second back on the clock, making it 0.9 seconds left, exactly when the King skated through the circle and the ref raised his arm. With no center on the ice, Boston was forced to have Pasternak take the draw against Kopitar. Kopitar had been fleeced all night by Bergeron on faceoffs. Boy, was he happy to see Pasternak.
Still sound unlikely to happen? I thought so too. But Kopitar won the faceoff cleanly and drew it back. It went straight to Toffoli who never had to move. Even that was unlikely. He shot the puck past Rask. Replay (which I never saw) apparently showed 0.4s on the clock as the puck crossed the line, which recalled the addition of the 0.5s to the clock.
Good grief, how many things can conspire to lose you a great hockey game that deserved a better ending? Alas, it wouldn't have had one anyway as, had common sense prevailed, it would have gone to the only thing more Mickey Mouse than the 3-on-3....... the shootout.
Should have been a tie. But those are illegal for reasons I no longer can recall.
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