Originally posted on Diehardsport  |  Last updated 3/29/13
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert was absolutely robbed of a goal Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers.  Calvert was driving hard to the net during the 2nd period of a tie game when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hauled him down and the puck deflected off his skate and was ruled a goal.  The referees went to review the play and then the play was overturned. The NHL rule on goals scored from pucks off of skates is as follows: “A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player’s skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal. A puck that is directed into the net by an attacking player’s skate shall be a legitimate goal as long as no distinct kicking motion is evident.” And here’s why the NHL decided to overturn the call on the ice: At 17:33 of the second period in the Blue Jackets/Oilers game, video review determined that Columbus forward Matt Calvertused his skate to kick the puck into the net. According to Rule 49.2 “A goal cannot be scored by an a...
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