Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The National Hockey League has begun a “thorough review” of a clock malfunction that extended a game by about one second and allowed the host Los Angeles Kings to score a game-winning goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets, league spokesman Frank Brown said in an e-mail.
Brown said yesterday that there was no scenario in which the Kings’ victory would be removed from the standings or portions of the game replayed.
The Kings broke a 2-2 tie with 0.4 seconds remaining two nights ago when defenseman Drew Doughty beat Columbus goalie Curtis Sanford following a scramble in front of the net. Replays show that the clock stopped for roughly one second with 1.8 seconds remaining.
Columbus coach Todd Richards said after the game that he thought the goal would not have counted had the clock not stopped.
“Something happened, and it’s really disappointing because I thought our guys battled and worked hard,” Richards said. “They fought for 60 minutes, they deserved something.”
Colin Campbell, senior executive vice president of the NHL, told the Columbus Dispatch yesterday that the goal should not have counted. He said that while the league did not question the integrity of the clock operator at the Staples Center, it was sending staffers to Los Angeles to look into how the error occurred.
The Kings (25-16-10) have 60 points this season and are seventh in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets (13-32-6) have a league-low 32 points. The top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs.
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