Connor McDavid rips NHL's offside rule after Oilers' goal overturned

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Oilers captain <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/6743/" data-ylk="slk:Connor McDavid">Connor McDavid</a> was none too thrilled after a coach’s challenge resulted in an Edmonton goal called back Tuesday night against the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/nas/" data-ylk="slk:Nashville Predators">Nashville Predators</a>.
Oilers captain Connor McDavid was none too thrilled after a coach’s challenge resulted in an Edmonton goal called back Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators.

At this point in the season, the struggling Edmonton Oilers could certainly use a break or two, but lady luck was not on their side Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators.

Trailing by one with six minutes to play, the Oilers appeared to score the game-tying goal late in the third period. Unfortunately for Edmonton, the goal was eventually wiped out after an offside review, which drew the ire of superstar captain Connor McDavid after the game.

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“I ultimately feel they should just take the rule out,” said McDavid, according to the Edmonton Suns’ Rob Tychkowski. “The number of calls that are a millimeter offside 45 seconds before the play don’t have much of an effect on the goal itself. I think the fans want to see offense.”

Edmonton gained the offensive zone with a close call at the blue line, but the Oilers’ Jujhar Khaira didn’t initially appear to be offside. Even the linesman standing right next to Khaira had ruled the play onside, but upon video review Khaira’s left skate had been lifted by a few measly millimeters just before the puck had crossed the blue line.

It was a frustrating result for an Oilers team that has now lost seven of its last eight games.

“We battled back hard and found a way to tie up the game and the guy’s an arm hair offside and they call it back,” said McDavid, according to Marc Ciampa of “It’s obviously hard to agree with the rule and the video challenge but it didn’t go our way, but if it’s on your side you love the rule.”

They say football is a game of inches, but we’ve seen enough successful offside reviews this season to apply the same logic to the game of hockey. The much-maligned offside review is likely to be a hot topic when the annual GM meetings begin in March.

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