Rousseau: Too many men?  The cup final got a dose of controversy with a contested Avalanche OT goal

Rousseau: Too many men? The cup final got a dose of controversy with a contested Avalanche OT goal

Tampa, Florida. – If it was an illegal streak change, this wasn’t the first change a team in the Stanley Cup playoffs had escaped. In fact, many will remember that the Tampa Bay Lightning themselves got away with one last year.

But emotional Lightning coach John Cooper made Wednesday night’s perhaps unanswered call a focal point after it came at its most crucial moment — in overtime to help the Colorado Avalanche win 3-2 and advance 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final Series. – saying that his team “must play” rather than digest a devastating loss that severely affects his hopes of a three-stroke win.

Nazim Kadiri capped dramatically his rushing return from thumb surgery in the contested play, as Jamal Andrei Vasilevsky passed 12 minutes, two seconds into overtime, at the end of an 11-second bout in which Cooper hinted that the avalanche should have been whistled, with plenty of men on ice.

The five skaters allowed were on the ice when my fate scored, but replays show the Avs benefited, at the very least, from a generous, and possibly illegal, cap change.

Kadri was on the ice for four seconds and had the disc along the blue line by the time he replaced the man – Nathan McKinnon – on the bench. It appears in the replay that Kadri thought he was turning into Valeri Nichushkin, who ended up staying on the ice and participating in the play. McKinnon was still on the ice on the bench along the Blue Line when Kadri skated into the puck attack zone.

A fateful avalanche goal put together one win of his third Stanley Cup title and first since 2001, with Game 5 in Denver on Friday night.

“I love this league,” Cooper said in his subconscious soliloquy, and said he would eventually break before he left the podium. “It’s the greatest league in the world. The people who run it are amazing. It’s all about her. It’s like a dream come true for me, especially being a Canadian kid, growing up and everything that happens. … You know, I’ve been part of some heartbreaking losses and defeats for teams that She took us out and was with a group that just fights and fights and fights.They made their way to their third straight Stanley Cup Final.And in the era of the hat…when it’s really hard and the rules are set against you because the league wants parity.

“And I love it about the league. And that’s what makes it harder. And just watch this team, what they’ve been through and the fighting that’s been going on. And we’re all in this together: players, coaches, everyone. But that would hurt a lot more than the others, just because it was taking… It was probably… I don’t know. That’s hard for me. It’s going to be hard for me to talk. I’m going to have to talk…. You’ll see what I mean when you see the winning goal. And my heart goes out to the players. Because maybe we still have to play. I’ll be available (Thursday) “.

The NHL was aware of the controversy after the game and spoke to the four officials on the ice. Any of the four is allowed to make the call. In a statement submitted to the athlete“Punishing so many men on the ice is an invitation to judgment,” the league said.

“After the match, the hockey operations met with the four referees as is their usual protocol,” the league said. “While discussing the winning goal, each of the four officials advised that they had not seen the condition of many of the men on the ice in the play. This call is not subject to video review by either Hockey Ops or on-ice officials.”

According to the NHL rulebook, players can be changed at any time during play, provided they are within five feet of the bench and not in play when the change is made. “At the discretion of the snowboard officials, if a substitute player appears on the ice before a teammate is within five feet of the players’ bench (and thus clearly causing his team to have too many players), then a minor penalty may be assessed. When he withdraws The player is off the ice surface and is within five feet of the players’ bench and their swing is on the ice, the retired player will be considered off ice.If during the making of the substitution, either the player entering the game or the retired player is playing a puck or who checks or Makes any physical contact with an opposing player while both players participating in the substitution are on the ice, the offense will be called “Lots of Men on Ice.”

Two former NHL referees have been contacted the athlete Those who examined the video said that in their opinion, this play was not many men. A former line aide said that while close, precarious changes happen all the time, and very few officials spoiled a play like this in overtime. He also noted that Lightning had seven players on the ice, including two on the bench, such as MacKinnon, with the players involved as well.

To add to the post-match confusion, the initial match sheet had six avalanche skaters on the ice for the winning goal, and the sixth was defender Eric Johnson. However, replays show that it was actually an honest mistake and coincidence as Johnson was never on the ice before or during the winning goal.

Ironically, in the latest season after season, Lightning’s Ondrej Palat scored a goal in Game 2 of the Tampa Bay game series against the New York Islanders with seven players in play. Officials erred and the goal calculated.

While the end of Wednesday’s game four was controversial, the truth is that Avalanche recovered from a two-goal delay, on goals for McKinnon and Andrew Cogliano, and was the better team in overtime. They beat Tampa Bay 10-3 in overtime, and that doesn’t include a shot from Artturi Lehkonen and hitting the crossbar Bowen Byram.

“I’m not quite sure what he’s thinking, and why it shouldn’t be counted,” Kadri said when told of Cooper’s comments. “That kind of baffled me a bit. The ball hits the back of the net, end of the story. Not sure why he said that.”

In fact, there were far more egregious situations from the guys that the teams got away with. And it’s not like my destiny scored a break-up. Skate in the Lightning District in One on Three.

Regardless, Lightning would have been better off forgetting that speed and putting the shady nature of Game 4’s ending behind them, because Cooper was behaving like the series ended on Wednesday.

If they don’t, the series will end on Friday and the Avs will raise the Lord Stanley Cup.

(Photo: Jeff Burke/USA Today)

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