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Pending further review: no goal for LaRose at end of second

05.04.09 at 2:34 am ET

It isn’t going to be the most controversial replay in the world because the Hurricanes were already leading 2-0 in Sunday night’s Game 2 — and they ended up taking a 3-0 victory anyway — but a good number of hockey lovers and puck followers believe that Bruins caught a lucky break with the “no goal” call at the end of the second period.

Let’s set the scene: Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg hammered a puck in from outside the blueline that Tim Thomas was able to get a pad on and deflect, but he directed the rebound right to a hustling Chad LaRose. LaRose fired a shot right back at Thomas, and the puck hit the crossbar and right post and then bounced up on edge before tumbling around the goal line.

David Krejci eventually swept the puck out of the danger area, and the refs made the on-ice call that it wasn’t a goal. So, the NHL offices in Toronto would have needed a “beyond a reasonable doubt” piece of evidence to overturn the call and obviously didn’t find what they were looking. The NHL ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to call it a goal, and the Bruins caught something of a break headed into the third period.

The B’s couldn’t get anything going, however, and Cam Ward was there to stop any signs of life for the Bruins in the third period. It’s obvious from the video that the TSN telecast analysts thought that LaRose’s bid should have been favorably reviewed as a goal with 0:00.2 seconds left on the clock.

Either way, it took seven minutes for the NHL officials to finally uphold the on-ice ruling of “no goal” and the debate is still raging. Here’s a look at the video that is causing a little bit of a stir with people that feel like the puck definitely snuck behind the line.

My own take? It definitely snuck inside the goal line after hitting the crossbar and the right post, and it should have counted as Carolina’s third score of the day headed into the second period intermission. But alas it didn’t, and the Hurricanes waited to add that additional score with an empty-net goal from Eric Staal that clinched the game for Carolina. What do you think?

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