Found February 02, 2012 on centericechat.com:


It was a matter of time until the Los Angeles Kings prevailed against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.

The win was more critical for the Kings than the loss was for the Blue Jackets. Still, it examplifies a fundamental flaw with the basic principle the game is played: the team with the most goals in three 20-minute periods win. And, if it’s tied, the game is decided in overtime.

(Here’s commissioner Gary Bettman addressing the controversy:)

Columbus is 11 points behind the 14th-place Edmonton Oilers with 32, and certain isn’t losing a whole lot by losing one to a technical blunder.

The Kings, however, will take what they can get, surely, trying to propel to the top ranks of the Western Conference race.

But, if the game went into overtime with those that half-second going scoreless, the Kings were assured one point at least. Thankfully, it wasn’t a playoff or playoff-clinching game. It wasn’t a Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks, a Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins or Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers game.

Because if the game was between two contenders within a heated rivalry, this story would be yield unthinkable outrage from both sides.

The only way this game will truly matter is if the Kings clinch home ice by one point, or clinch the No. 8 spot by one point. (And we can all agree if that happens, this story will come back instantly.)

But since the bench boss shakeup in Los Angeles, the Kings have proven worthy of being in the playoffs race, and they’ll deservingly clinch.

The Blue Jackets are 3-5 in the shootout and 1-1 in overtime this season while the Kings are 4-6 in the shootout and 3-4 in overtime.

The result easily could have gone in the favour of the Blue Jackets. We’ll just have to wait and see if the Kings truly benefit from that one point.

 

Matthew Wilson is editor of Center Ice Chat. Follow him on Twitter @Mattjw24. Be sure to also Like us on Facebook and to Follow our Tumblr page. If you'd like to contribute, or appear as a guest columnist, please email us at CenterIceChat@gmail.com.

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