TORONTO (AP) -- The NHL is investigating a scoreboard error that could have an "enormous impact" on playoff races in the Western Conference.
During Wednesday night's game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the clock briefly stopped in the closing seconds -- giving Drew Doughty enough time to score the winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The puck officially crossed the line with less than a second to play in regulation. However, when the Blue Jackets looked at video after the game, they discovered the clock froze for roughly a second just prior to Doughty's goal -- meaning time should have expired.
The NHL's video room looked at the play immediately after the goal was scored, but didn't notice that the scoreboard stopped while the Kings were buzzing around the net.
"We didn't even look to go back and say OK, did something happen (with the clock)?'" Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior executive vice president of hockey operations, said Thursday.
"When it cro...