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NHLDid You See That: NHL does the time warp, again

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012 | 07:41 PM

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Don’t fret, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason. That goal might not have counted, depending on what time the NHL’s Toronto War Room had on their clocks. (File/Canadian Press) Don’t fret, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason. That goal might not have counted, depending on what time the NHL’s Toronto War Room had on their clocks. (File/Canadian Press)

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Every second counts in the NHL.

Scratch that. Every millisecond counts.

With this in mind, there seem to have been a multitude of last-gasp/second goals this season, but Sunday night's game in New York between the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets marks the oddest disallowed goal via clock violation in some time.
Every second counts in the NHL.

Scratch that. Every millisecond counts.

With this in mind, there seem to have been a multitude of last-gasp/second goals this season, but Sunday night's game in New York between the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets marks the oddest disallowed goal via clock violation in some time.

(Highlight begins at the 2:25 mark).



The explanation: the War Room in Toronto has the 'real time' in a game, and it had expired, as New York coach John Tortorella told the New York Daily News.

"It's because there are six damn clocks. The Columbus [broadcast] had a :00.2 [seconds remaining], MSG had a :00.1, but the clock that counts is the one upstairs in the video booth. They sent us a picture down in between periods, it was the correct call."

Plays like this (especially when we inch closer and closer to the post-season and a disallowed goal could be the difference between a playoff berth and a tee-time) are important enough to be looked at closer, as Elliotte Friedman wrote as the No. 1 thought in his latest installment of his 30 Thoughts blog.

#RealClock #RealTalk

Two things also spring to mind in the discussion of 'real clocks' and 'real time' - real time vs. new time when referenced by people who have yet to buy-in to this whole newfangled Daylight Savings Time, as well as some sort of time warp or disruption in the time/space continuum emanating only from an office in Toronto. But that's just me.

Also interesting to note that the Blue Jackets were on the losing side of a disputed last-second goal earlier this season that garnered league-wide attention and no doubt sprouted some grey hairs on league officials.



It's not to say the Rangers and Jackets haven't seen success from buzzer beaters this season. Columbus defenceman James Wisniewski snuck one past the St. Louis Blues on Valentine's Day while the Rangers are also no strangers (ha, a rhyme!), as shown by this Brad Richards OT winner against the Phoenix Coyotes.

'True' buzzer beaters

It's interesting to think that the NHL is the only North American professional sport I can think of that features a *true* buzzer beater. In the NBA, the ball just has to leave the fingertips of the shooter, time can expire while the ball is in the air but will still count if it goes through the rim.

In the NFL time can expire and a play continues until the ball is downed/caught for a TD/kick is through the uprights (or, you know, misses wide).

Baseball ... well, baseball is in its entirely own world when it comes to the length of a game.


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