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There weren't a lot of people picking the Buffalo Sabres to beat the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night, so when the Sharks battled back from down two goals in the third period to tie the game, it made a lot of sense. And it definitely made sense when the Sharks -- pretty objectively the better team -- scored the game-winning goal in overtime.
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What didn't make sense, however, was when nobody seemed to acknowledge the Sharks' game-winning goal, scored when Tommy Wingels jammed a puck past Ryan Miller. And it definitely didn't make sense when the war room didn't review what was, pretty conclusively, the game-winning goal. Take a look for yourself:
The Buffalo Sabres went on to win the game in overtime, which probably shouldn't have happened.
The Sabres were due for a break, but this seems a little beyond the pale. Beyond the goal line, too. That's the sort of thing people are paid to spot.
So how was it missed?
It's a tough play for the officials, because it happened so quickly, and it happened immediately after a post that looked like it might be in. Focused on making that play, and with Tyler Myers blocking the official's sight line, it's tough to see the puck briefly cross the goal line when Tommy Wingels reached out to punch it in.
And, as Elliotte Friedman pointed out in a series of tweets, "neither broadcast had it quickly and BUF's didn't show it at all. If ref says no-goal on-ice, I'm not sure how that one is getting caught. Not a great moment...but I can see how it happens. Ugh."
Ugh indeed. While neither broadcast was quick to the draw and the officials missed it, meaning they weren't headed for the warm room, it's still embarrassing for the league when a clear goal like this gets missed. Fortunately for the Sharks, they still got a loser point, but Tommy Wingels earned them two winner points Tuesday night, and in a league, let alone a division, with so much parity, that extra point matters. Tuesday night alone, it's the difference between first and second place in the league (not to mention a loss to the Sabres, which is embarrassing).
Something tells me this one won't just be shrugged off.
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