Friday, December 19, 2008

Do you remember that card game, BS?

Well, you could hear all of Blue Jackets fandom yell out 'Bullsh!t' last night...

The boys in blue were in Dallas playing the Stars. It was a very hard fought game full of checks, goals, fights, cheap shots & horrible goaltending. The Jackets came back from 4-2 & 5-3 deficits to force overtime. 13 seconds in Manny Malholtra skates the puck into the offensive zone & fires a backhander at Stars goalie Marty Turco. Since Malholtra is so close to the blue paint of the goal crease & being checked from behind, he's skating by Turco on one foot. The puck bounces of of Turco and hits Manny's skate and into the net. The Stars ended up winning the game via the shootout.

Both refs on the ice motion & call it a goal, but the little light over the officials table in between the benches lights up. The video room in Toronto is reviewing the footage. What seems like 10 minutes later, they, Toronto, overrules the refs & waves the goal off saying because Manny made a distinct kicking motion and kicked the puck into the net.

What the f$#@k?! How?!

Here's a video posted on Youtube of the "goal".

He wasn't even looking for the puck. He was being backchecked by a Dallas player and he was trying not to kick/cut Turco on his way by. It seems like every time we have something review by Toronto, the CBJ get shafted. It was hard enough to get respect from other teams, but this is getting a bit ridiculous, no?

Here's the definition of a goal from the official NHL Rulebook...

49.2 Goals - Kicking the puck shall be permitted in all zones. 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.

A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player’s skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal. 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. The following should clarify deflections following a kicked puck that enters
the goal:

(i) A kicked puck that deflects off the body of any player of either team (including the goalkeeper) shall be ruled no goal.

(ii) A kicked puck that deflects off the stick of any player (excluding the goalkeeper’s stick) shall be ruled a good goal. Any time the puck has been kicked, makes contact with any stick, and then deflects off any player (excluding the goalkeeper) into the net, it will be ruled a good goal.

(iii) A goal will be allowed when an attacking player kicks the puck and the puck deflects off his own stick and then into the net. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who kicks any equipment (stick, glove, helmet, etc.) at the puck, including kicking the blade of his own stick, causing the puck to cross the goal line.

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