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The Goal That Wasn't a Goal

Monday, 03.26.2012 / 11:19 AM
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady
The Goal That Wasn\'t a Goal

Twelve hours later and around here we're still thinking about the goal that was taken away.

The word "frustrating" has been used in this space and elsewhere on a number of occasions to describe Anaheim's 2011-12 season, but frustration reached a whole new level last night.

In a hard-fought battle with the defending champion Bruins, the Ducks appeared to get the tying score with 12:38 left in the third, when Matt Beleskey one-timed a shot from the circle through an Andrew Cogliano screen and past goalie Marty Turco. And although it was immediately ruled a goal on the ice by referee Brad Watson right behind the net, the four officials conferenced afterward and overturned the call. It should be noted that there was not replay review, only the officials discussion, since goaltender interference is not a reviewable offense under NHL rules. Still, it left the Ducks, their fans (among the 17,395 in attendance) and especially Bruce Boudreau absolutely incensed.

Here's the whole thing: 



The announcement from PA announcer Phil Hulett was, "No goal. Player in the crease." But being in the crease is only an infraction if a player "maintains a significant position in the crease impairing the goalkeeper's ability to defend his goal." Although Cogliano never made contact with Turco, officials decided he interfered with Turco's ability to make the save.

Cogliano: "At the end of the day, I didn’t touch him whatsoever.  "I didn’t know it was goalie interference. I asked the linesman and he said he thought maybe I was impending him from making a save. I thought he was kind of set before the puck went in. The puck was already going in before he was trying to make a save. That is just how it goes."

Boudreau: "There was no explanation given to me. None ... Sure, they got another goal. We would have played completely different if there was a 2-2 tie with 10 minutes to go. We would have tried to take into overtime because one point to us is really important right now."

Indeed, the call hurt even worse when Brian Rolston scored on the rush six minutes later to put the Bruins in front 3-1. And even though the Ducks crawled back on a Lubomir Visnovsky goal with 2:29 left, that was as close as they would get.

The loss left the Ducks on the brink of official elimination, but not quite there, as games from around the league could seal it over the next two nights. But a victory would have been a third straight gratifying one for Anaheim, which slowed the rival Sharks' playoff climb last Monday night, then knocked off the NHL-best Blues on Wednesday. Now the Ducks look at these final six games, starting back here Wednesday night against those same Sharks, this way:

"We'll continue doing what we we're doing, which is playing hard," Boudreau said. "We get a chance to stop San Jose. Let's prevent them from making it. Let's do whatever we can to win.

"There's a lot of character in that room. So let's show the world (why) we had one of the better records in the NHL from the beginning of January."


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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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