Failed challenge proves costly, controversial in loss to Wild

13 Oct , 2017 Sports

The NHL changed the rules this year to assess a two-minute penalty for a failed offside challenge in an effort to cut down on lengthy reviews that had been killing the momentum of a game. The idea was to force coaches to be 100-percent sure a play was offside before sending officials to their little tablets to look for a millimeter or two of white ice between a player’s skate and the blue line.

Well, Joel Quenneville was 100-percent sure Jason Zucker was offside before he found Chris Stewart for a go-ahead goal midway through the third period Thursday night.

He was wrong. At least, according to the league. As a result. the goal stood, the Wild scored on the ensuing power play, and a tight game turned into a 5-2 Minnesota victory — the Hawks’ first regulation loss of the season.

According to the league’s explanation for the decision, it was ruled that Brent Seabrook — who had fallen down while Zucker went past him — had carried the puck into his own defensive zone, thereby nullifying the offside per Rule 83.1. But the puck had merely banked off of the prone Seabrook’s skate.

“He didn’t carry it and didn’t have possession, …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports


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