On Sunday night Oilers rookie Conor McDavid appeared to score a game-tying goal over the Kings with just seconds remaining in the game. The horn sounded and the fans went wild.
But it wasn’t a goal. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had made a sprawling dive and caught the puck in his glove, and while part of his glove was over the line, no one could see the puck inside of it, so no one knew if a goal had happened.
The ref called no goal, and the replay officials confirmed it, saying there was not enough evidence to overrule the call on the ice.
Here it is:
Almost immediately after the goal was not allowed, though, fans began breaking down footage of the goal, frame by frame.
They even found some convincing evidence:
Here’s the thing, though: The NHL got the call right.
Yes, in that screengrab taken above, it sure looks like a goal. But here’s the thing — that shot is taken at a diagonal angle, and it’s blurry. Did the entire puck cross the line, totally and completely? Or is there still a sliver of it hanging on the line there? It looks like there’s a gap, but that’s not a high-definition image. How can we be sure?