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Predators’ overturned goal raises offside review debate

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Referees review a goal by Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (not shown) during Game 1 on Monday. The goal was waved off for an offside call.(Photo: George Walker IV / The Tennessean)Buy Photo

PITTSBURGH — Predators history will show that defenseman Ryan Ellis scored the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final goal, recorded at 8:21 of the second period in the team’s Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday[3].

It would’ve been defenseman P.K. Subban’s first-period goal had it not been scrubbed from that same history. Call it the goal that almost was, but then wasn’t.

A Pittsburgh-initiated coach’s challenge overturned the call on the basis that the play was offside. The NHL determined that[4] Predators forward Filip Forsberg “preceded the puck into the attacking zone, nor did he have possession and control before crossing the blue line.”

NO GOAL! This was determined to be offsides. #StanleyCuppic.twitter.com/83Kwl2iKkf[5][6]

— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 30, 2017[7]

The video review process, which the league tweaked before last season to allow coaches to dispute possible offside plays and goaltender interference, has been a divisive issue.

It reached the sport’s biggest stage Monday, further igniting the debate. “We’re sadly mistaken if we don’t think that changes or rules that we’re bringing into the game or out of the game aren’t there to help the game be better,” Subban said Tuesday. “There’s no question that we’re trying to make the game better and more fun. “Obviously, we would have loved that goal to have counted, but it didn’t.

At the end of the day, rule changes are going to affect games, but that’s why you’ve got to win four games to win a series.”

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Before Game 1 on Monday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman delivered his annual state of the league monologue. He trumpeted the success of video review in reducing the number of missed offside calls. “We hear the commentary,” Bettman said. ” ‘Well, it was just (offside) by a little bit.

His skate was in the air.’ The fact of the matter is, it’s our job to make sure the rules are complied with, and the video replay through the coach’s challenge on (offside) has worked exactly as we hoped it would.” RELATED Juxtapose that statement with what transpired Monday.

For a play to be reversed, there must be conclusive evidence to overrule the original call. The angles presented inside PPG Paints Arena and on NBC’s telecast could barely detect the placement of Forsberg’s right skate as the puck crossed into the offensive zone. On-ice officials and those stationed at the league’s video-review headquarters in Toronto, however, saw enough to determine otherwise.

There have been seven coach’s challenges initiated for offside calls this postseason, five of which were upheld. The other two were overturned to “no goal.” The process will experience added scrutiny during the rest of the Stanley Cup Final.

“I wasn’t thinking about it at all until they didn’t drop the puck,” Forsberg said. “I knew something was up. When you look at the video, it could easily go either way. You could easily call a goal, you can easily call a no-goal as well.

It’s kind of inconclusive, in my opinion. “At the same time, we’ve got to trust Toronto. We’ve got to trust the refs that they’re doing a good job.

I think that’s my opinion on that.”

Reach Adam Vingan at avingan@tennessean.com and on Twitter @AdamVingan.

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  3. ^ Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday (www.tennessean.com)
  4. ^ determined that (www.nhl.com)
  5. ^ #StanleyCup (twitter.com)
  6. ^ pic.twitter.com/83Kwl2iKkf (t.co)
  7. ^ May 30, 2017 (twitter.com)
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