Last night, during game four of the Boston Bruins vs Columbus Blue Jackets series, Artemi Panarin scored a goal. That’s not so newsworthy, since they lost 4-1 and he’s scored lots of goals before.
Here is the goal, for the record.
Artemi Panarin trims the @NHLBruins lead 2-1! 👀🥖#StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/oDDK5tPrrr— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 3, 2019
What is news, is that apparently leading up to the goal the puck went out of play. But that’s okay, the NHL can review it! It loves reviewing things these days!
Wow, goal stands. You can't challenge that.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 3, 2019
Wait, they CAN’T review it? That doesn’t sound right....
Puck off mesh? Here's the only way the Situation Room can get involved...key words..."DIRECTLY" and "IMMEDIATELY"#StanleyCupPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Xh3r7cZdE5— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) May 3, 2019
Ha! So they CAN review it.
Just not that time.
Because the goal wasn’t scored immediately after it hit the netting. I feel like that little qualifier to the rule should infuriate me, but I can’t pin down why...
A missed offside at blue line resulting in “eventual” goal so long as puck doesn’t exit the zone can be reviewed & overturned. A missed puck out of play resulting in goal must go directly into the net on immediate ensuing play (no 1 pass)....just inconsistency or bad rule #both— Kerry Fraser (@kfraserthecall) May 3, 2019
Oh, right. That’s why. It’s because that’s how the stupid offside review rule should work too.
But it doesn’t.
Quite frankly I’m mostly annoyed by this because it makes the Bruins the genuine victim of a call not going their way for the first time in recorded history, and it will only validate their complaints of the refs not being fair to them as Marchand and Chara sucker punch people and DeBrusk tries to chop off their legs at the knee.
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Boston Bruins beats Columbus 4-1, ties series at 2-2.
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As of writing this, the Sharks and Avs are scoreless in game 4 of their series, with the Sharks entering up 2 games to 1.