Were Calgary Flames robbed of goal vs. Ducks by NHL review? (Video)

(Note: Some audio issues with the above video.)

Game 3 between the Anaheim Ducks and the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night was a tightly played one-goal game in the third period when Frederik Andersen made an impressive pad save on Sam Bennett of the Flames.


The play was reviewed by the NHL War Room as the puck appeared to cross the goal line before it hit Andersen’s pad. At least that’s what a few of the straight-ahead replays showed; the ‘eye in the sky’ replay was inconclusive.

The wait was excruciating for the Flames and their fans. Finally, Kelly Sutherland skated out and announced that the footage was inconclusive and there was no goal scored.

Which didn’t sit well with Brian Burke.

And there were many boos.

Look, for the love of hockey, this should have been a goal. It was close enough, the War Room could have said “goal” and really the only people that would have cared were Ducks fans, and we would have had a tie game in a must-win for the home team. It’s a hockey fable!

Except … it wasn’t a goal.

At least not conclusively. The overhead view, usually the one that’s revelatory, revealed nothing. The view from the front appeared to show the puck crossing the line … or it showed the puck floating above the goal line, in a big of an optical illusion. Look at the trajectory when Andersen kicks it out,

Still, a good portion of the hockey world felt it was a goal. Which sucks for Flames fans.

But hey, it’s not as if the same thing happened to them 11 years ago or anything …


The silver lining is that Johnny Gaudreau ended up tying the game and sending Game 3 into overtime and the Flames won it in OT, so at least this controversy didn’t cost Calgary the game. They trail the series, 2-1.