Why Senators, fans shouldn't be upset about 'Toronto' mention
NHL ref Marc Joannette announces 'coach's challenge initiated by Toronto' after game-tying goal
The Ottawa Senators suffered a heart-breaking loss after they were less than a second away from victory, but the actions that followed might have added temporary insult to injury.
The Senators were leading the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night in the final seconds — 3-2 — when Jeff Skinner scored for Carolina with only 0.2 seconds left in regulation.
<a href="https://twitter.com/jokersprofile">@jokersprofile</a> Tonight's buzzer beating goal from Jeff Skinner that forced OT <a href="https://t.co/Dxta5uGJAm">pic.twitter.com/Dxta5uGJAm</a>—@ClydeEDawkins
There was a moment of hope after the goal was reviewed for possible goaltender interference.
Then this happened when veteran referee Marc Joannette announced the result of the review.
Here's a question, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sens?src=hash">#Sens</a> fans: Did referee Marc Joanette troll you by mentioning Toronto in last night's game?<a href="https://t.co/jW3zCknZKm">https://t.co/jW3zCknZKm</a>—@CBCOttawa
Let the confusion and anger swirl.
It count and DON'T CALL US TORONTO REF.—@Senators
Fans reacted swiftly.
<a href="https://twitter.com/Senators">@Senators</a> oh my... <a href="https://t.co/5bmWXJtLNi">pic.twitter.com/5bmWXJtLNi</a>—@DaisyCunard
<a href="https://twitter.com/Senators">@Senators</a> <a href="https://t.co/nEfbikZQYc">pic.twitter.com/nEfbikZQYc</a>—@raeann_nafziger
Some tried to explain the mention of Toronto.
<a href="https://twitter.com/Senators">@Senators</a> I'm a Leaf fan and even I like nope not seeing blue and white, It has to be Phaneuf that confused them—@322Colleen
<a href="https://twitter.com/Senators">@Senators</a> it was initiated by the war room in Toronto... Ref didn't call the Sens Toronto.—@CapitalCoachOtt
There's a perfectly good explanation for this.
The referee stated the review was the result of a "coach's challenge."
It seems the review was initiated by the National Hockey League war room in Toronto, not Senators head coach Dave Cameron.
That is why Joannette said "initiated by Toronto." Stand down, Ottawa; you were not trolled.