The NHL is investigating whether human error or a glitch in the clock system at Staples Center was responsible for prolonging the Kings game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday long enough for Kings defenseman Drew Doughty to score the decisive goal in a 3-2 victory.
Colin Campbell, the leagues senior vice president of hockey operations, said Thursday he believes the Blue Jackets were wronged because the clock was paused with 1.8 seconds left in the third period and Doughtys goal with .4 of a second left should not have been allowed. In our opinion it was one full second, Campbell said of the stoppage.
The decision wont make much difference to 30th-ranked Columbus but could prove crucial for the Kings, who are battling for a playoff spot.
In determining playoff seedings when teams are tied, wins gained in a shootout are subtracted from each teams win total and the greater win total gets the better seeding. Had Doughtys goal been disallowed the game might have gone to t...