Thursday, February 02, 2012

Clock Issue Leads to NHL Controversy

Greetings from Anchorage. UMD-UAA coverage is on the way, with all of the usual stuff -- a preview piece, lines before both games, the ever-unpopular Saturday notes column, and more. In the meantime, check out what happened in Los Angeles Wednesday night.

Drew Doughty's goal in the final second gave the Kings a win over Columbus. At first glance, it appeared to be an incredible finish to a game that appeared destined for overtime.

However, it doesn't take long to figure out something was awry.

Of course, the biggest issue here is that the NHL is not acknowledging the obvious mistake -- or the potential that something nefarious may have happened.

Watch the clock stop with 1.8 seconds to go. For more than a second. Then watch Drew Doughty score the winner with 0.3 seconds left. Here's another look.

I get the bit here. Columbus isn't any good. Los Angeles kinda is.

But this is ridiculous. The league's failure to acknowledge the error and correct the correctable really stinks. I understand if they don't want to take the win away from the Kings, and why they maybe don't like the idea of replaying the ending of the game. But that's the right thing to do.

And if you're not going to do it, try using the many available platforms to explain what the hell happened.

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