An NHL executive said last night that replay officials in Toronto were not given the proper replays by Fox Sports in Pittsburgh on Thursday, when they ruled that Simon Gagne's goal did not count against the host Penguins.
Gagne swatted a second-period rebound that Penguins goalie Brent Johnson smothered and appeared to carry into the net. It was not ruled a goal on the ice, and when replay officials in Toronto viewed the replays, they said the evidence was "inconclusive" and did not count the goal.A few minutes after the ruling, another replay was shown in the press box, showing the puck past the goal line.
Fox did not send that replay to Toronto officials until after the puck was dropped following the ruling.
"At that point, the ruling was permanent," said John Dellapina, an NHL executive.
The Flyers' telecast was using the Pittsburgh video feed and did not have any video to send to Toronto.
Very interesting. A few people who were watching the FSN Pittsburgh feed have reported that the announcers said something to the effect of "Oh we didn't send that feed to Toronto, haha."
If this is the case, shouldn't Gagne be credited with a goal and FSN Pittsburgh be fined? Seems to me the NHL is saying "Well, yeah it was a goal, but they didn't give us the tape in time." I'm a bit miffed now after reading this; because you know if this happened to the Penguins they would have scrutinzed every single angle until they got the call right. Which also begs the question: "If this happened at the Wachovia Center, would they have counted it as a goal?"
What do you guys think?