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Deception ...

Why do we feel the need to deceive when trying to convince others that something is right?

The Kings played the Ottawa Senators last night (11/22/2010). Unfortunately, they lost!

The Kings scored a goal with 3 seconds left in the game. The referee waved it off immediately saying the stick was above the crossbar when it struck the puck. (For those not familiar with hockey rules, the stick must be lower than the crossbar of the goal when it strikes the puck and the puck ends up in the goal.) The video review said there was insufficient evidence to overturn the ruling on the ice.

Now, to the problem I have ...

Matt Murray posted the article "Game 20: Kings fall victim to some home cooking". The article uses a couple of photographs to suggest that the puck was "already past Leclaire" (the goalie) before the questionable stick to puck contact was made. However, looking at the pictures below carefully, it is plain to see that they are not from the same play.

First, if you watch the video replay (available here), you can see that Smyth is positioned to the left of the goal during the period in question as shown in the second picture. The first picture shows Smyth positioned in front of the goal.

Secondly, the pictures suggest that Smyth's stick was rising. However, once again, the video replay shows his stick moving downward.

Clearly, these pictures DO NOT prove that "the current system the NHL uses for replay is flawed" as the writer suggests.

I wanted it to be a goal, but clearly there was nothing definitive that would have allowed the replay official to overturn the call on the ice. If the call on the ice had allowed the goal, it would not have been overturned. Unfortunately, the call on the ice was no goal.

The system works.

Now, had they had better camera angles, who knows!

Update ...

Matt has added my comment with an editor's note acknowledging the problem with the photos.

Thanks, Matt!

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