On Sunday night Oilers rookie Conor McDavid seemed to measure a game-tying idea over a Kings with only seconds remaining in a game. The horn sounded and a fans went wild.
But it wasn’t a goal. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had done a sprawling dive and held a puck in his glove, and while partial of his glove was over a line, no one could see a puck inside of it, so no one knew if a idea had happened.
The ref called no goal, and a replay officials reliable it, observant there was not adequate justification to overrule a call on a ice.
Here it is:
Almost immediately after a idea was not allowed, though, fans began violation down footage of a goal, support by frame.
They even found some convincing evidence:
I theory they missed this angle? ¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/A2hPXHwXtE
— Greg Balloch (@GregBalloch) October 26, 2015
Here’s a thing, though: The NHL got a call right.
Yes, in that screengrab taken above, it certain looks like a goal. But here’s a thing — that shot is taken during a erratic angle, and it’s blurry. Did a whole puck cranky a line, totally and completely? Or is there still a splinter of it unresolved on a line there? It looks like there’s a gap, though that’s not a high-definition image. How can we be sure?
The NHL has to go by what it has, and it intentionally doesn’t demeanour during erratic angles, that we should know since that’s important if we remember sophomore geometry. They have to demeanour from directly above, a perspective vaporous by Quick’s glove. And, by rule, they have to side with a call done on a ice unless there’s undoubted justification that a call was wrong.
That picture from that tweet, transparent as it might seem, isn’t indisputable. And since Quick’s glove was covering a puck, they had to go with a call on a ice. It’s tough for McDavid, though until we get cameras that can see through gloves, it’s going to be partial of a game.