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NHL Official: We Should have Reviewed Bryan McCabe's Goal ... With Video From FSN/NHL


Murphy The video of Bryan McCabe's game-tying goal wasn't reviewed in Toronto for a variety of reasons, the NHL's Mike Murphy told The Miami Herald in an email received early Thursday morning.

Murphy explained the process to why the goal wasn't looked at immediately -- but ultimately took the blame.

And, it must be said, thanks to Mike for responding to my email so quickly. That is most appreciated.

"We still should have reviewed the play,'' he ended his email. "That was my error.''

Here's what Mike wrote (his words from e-mail in italics):

"We saw the play but we did not review it.

"The on-ice officials indicated 'no goal,' so we were not alerted to a possible review/possible goal."

Steve Bernier was pointing right at the puck sitting wedged in the goal cage and tried getting the attention of the official. They seemingly wanted nothing to do with him. I asked McCabe if he tried to slow down the officials from dropping the puck -- he said they dropped it "in four seconds.''

McCabe said no. "That's not my [explitive] job. I don't know. Whatever. It is what it is. I can't control it.''

Video -- DOWN BELOW -- shows McCabe arguing with the officials after they didn't call a goal on the shot.

"The video goal judge did not indicate any issue because the overhead camera
did not show the puck in the net.

"We did not see the puck in the net until the very end of the stoppage of play. It was then that we wondered how it had got into the net. Was it put into the net after the whistle? We did not know.''

Again, had they been alerted to this, perhaps Fox Sports South/Florida could have found the right replay and sent it up. Apparently, FSNF didn't have the definitive view of the puck -- the reverse angle -- until later. That's what was told to me, anyway.

"When we did see the puck in the net on the last replay we immediately contacted the video goal judge but play had already resumed and our window of opportunity to review the play was gone.

"As an aside, this play would have been a very difficult play to award a goal on because we never know when the puck goes in the net relative to the
referee blowing his whistle.

"But we still should have reviewed the play. That was my error.''

-- So, should the Panthers be cheesed off?


This is the third time this season the Panthers have had goal calls go against them -- and it's costing them points.

In the season opener at Edmonton, Florida loses as Shawn Horcoff bags the game-winner after kicking the puck past Tomas Vokoun. It was reviewed: And allowed.

Later on in Toronto, Florida and the Leafs are tied 1-1 when Scott Clemmensen is run over by Colton Orr just as the shot is coming through. Goal, Leafs. The NHL's Colin Campbell later says the goal should not have counted and Florida should have gone on the power play.

-- Here is the video highlight from FSN Florida via NHL.com. Go toward the end of the video to see the disputed play. As Mike Murphy explains, you can see where the confusion is. The later reverse angle truly shows that the puck is embedded in the cage, way over the line.

It's a good hockey goal.

And it's time for me to go to sleep. David J. Neal is covering the team on Thursday but I will have updates if anything crazy happens.

Happy Thursday everyone.



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Thanks GR for this great update. I thought that even after play resumed that they can still review the goal and resume play from the time the goal was scored and start new from there. Maybe the rules changed again.

yes it should have been a goal; however more concern is the lack of a power play on the 2 power plays we had as well as when we pulled the goalie, Atlanta had more scoring chances than the panthers did.

the power play has cost us at least a 1/2 dozen games so far this season.

The other concern is that when this team has an opportunity to turn the corner they don't play a full 60 minutes.

This team is playing better than I thought it would and has a long way to go. We need to do something different on the power play like moving the puck quicker and shooting quicker, that 1 second delay allows the penalty killers to make up the ground, when watching the good power plays you see the quick crisp puck movement, with the panthers you rarely see this and that is the main cause of the poor power play.

The question is whether it is coaching or the lack of skilled players, I believe it is a little of both.

Until we fix the powerplay the playoffs are just a pipe dream as we are too many points out and it is hard to make up points with the 3 point games being played (i.e. Carolina and the rangers both received points last night).

The NHL doesn't want the Panthers in the playoffs, simple as that. The league is fixed to have the big name stars or big markets in playoffs for TV ratings. Panthers won't make the playoffs because the NHL doesn't want them in, the refs prove that throught the year. The refs are biased. The league is fixed.

Pete DeBoer should be fired this morning. He should have been on top of the bench yelling and screaming, calling a time out, or pulling the players. In other words, he should have been acting like a Coach!! His softness has infected this team since day one, and last night was the penultimate example. He was a junior coach, is a junior coach and will never be more.

"We did not see the puck in the net until the very end of the stoppage of play. It was then that we wondered how it had got into the net. Was it put into the net after the whistle? WE DID NOT KNOW.'' (emphasis mine)

Right--so if you don't know--FIND OUT!

How hard is that?

Regardless of what has transpired to this point in the season, last night's game was stolen from the Panthers by a pair of absolutely horrible referees. The major penalty to Matthias, and a host of other calls against the Panthers really had an effect on the game. The blown goal call was by far the worst. Any doubt in your mind about this call should be erased when you view the video. Watch Pavlek pull the puck out at 2:25, and watch at the 4:08 mark where you'll see the puck clearly over the line and behind the post...


The Power Play is indeed sucking the life out of this team and it's my opinion that Hulton should've been let go a long time ago. That unit needs coaching and a systems overhaul, and that overhaul is NOT going to come from Jim Hulton. The ineffective PP has cost us in the vicinity of 14-18 points so far this season (depending on how you compare our PP to others), and the inability to score goals with a man or two advantage really affects the momentum of a game...

VM agree with you 100%, and take it one step further...

If the pp coach is not being fired by the coach tat hired him, isnt time to fire the junior head coach?

I wonder what McCabe is pointing at? I wonder what on earth it could be?


Being at the game and behind the Panther bench no one was the wiser that McCabe could have pulled us into a tie with Atlanta. The officials dismissed McCabe without a hesistation. Replace McCabe with Crosby, St.Louis, Ovi, a Staal sibling and the story changes. The only difference is the perception of the paid officials respect to the player talking to him. The Panthers have been on the short side of respect for multiple seasons and the large handful of questionable, or blatantly, horrible calls by officals have cost them many points. This season seems to be a highlight reel in the making of this issue.
If you add to it that Mr. PdB does not, has not ever, lose his temper at an on ice official (if someone can find video proving otherwise I welcome it), he makes it simple for them to just keep things moving along.
While its all very nice for Mr. Murphy to answer quickly that it was an error on his part in not reviewing the situation, I say it's not enough. Mr. Tallon should demand a private apology from the NHL and the officials on ice last evening to the Panthers organization. I say private because its not the fans who are being fouled, its the team, the organization who are. Mr. Tallon can give us all a PR comment on the situation so the NHL doesn't lose face. I understand that everyone is human and make mistakes. I also know that in any job a few too many mistakes can cost you that job. The Panthers must earn respect by playing hard, and winning games but there is also a time to stand up for yourself and command a bit of respect.
I hope the players dig deep within themselves to pull of a great run here on out. I know I will be at the home games cheering them on.

Nice pic, VanMurph. Well done.

For those scoring at home, that's now three serious officiating screwups and at least two apologies from the league (don't know if they ever apologized for the screwup in Edmonton).

It's getting harder and harder to be a fan of the game when your team keeps getting screwed like this. Does the league even care?

refs had the under.. hockey is fixed.. thats it for me...

the game is rigged

Pete DB, what in the hell's a matter with you ????
Why didn't you call for a review ? How about some emotion !!! Your the coach.... how about confronting the officials once in a while. What do you think Scotty Bowman, Harry Sinden or Toe Blake would have done???

its the nhl's plan to get rid of the panthers and send them to quebec. freakin ridiculous if this hapenned to the canadians the refs and the people in the "war room" in toronto would be all over it but no its only the panthers. freakin ridiculous.

This whole thing means nothing to the NHL if the fans dont react. EJ on NHL LIve was waving the whole thing off today at noon.

I encourage everyone to email and call XM radio, hosts NHL Powerplay at 4pm; NHL Live at 12; and NHL Hockey Morning on big country. Let the announcers know that if it was any other team, they would have called it in right away before AT&T could have billed it.

This is the second time the Panthers have been hosed on a goal in the last 4 months. Its unacceptable.

Call in and email them! Also, tomorrow's game,

Although the Panthers played terrible the 1st and 2nd period, I was ready to walk in the beginning of the 3rd because the officiating was so bad there was no way they're going to win. Well, now I guess we know that was the case. I did like the crowds reaction to the Ref's who looked to be a new crew, I didn't recognize them as the normal ref's who officiate at the Bank.

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