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Was Kesler offside before game-winning goal?

Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:26 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 3:27 am
 


The first goal of the Stanley Cup Final came 59 minutes, 41 seconds into Game 1 – and even then there seems to be some dispute as to whether it should have counted.

Replays and photos show that forward Ryan Kesler, who set up the winning goal by beating Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuck to the puck, may have crossed the blue line before the puck. That would have made him offside, negating the game-winner by Raffi Torres scored a couple seconds later in the Canucks' 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins at the Rogers Center on Wednesday night.

“Even if it was or wasn't, it wouldn't change the outcome right now,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

There are eight situations that can be reviewed via replay, from judging whether the puck was illegally kicked in to determining if the puck actually crossed the line. Offsides isn’t on that list. It’s a moot point anyway since the call stood and there’s no going back at this point.



-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:51 am
 

Was Kesler offside before game-winning goal?

According to Kerry Fraser, the linesman made the right call. I'm inclined to defer to his expert judgement in situations like this.




Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 3:19 am
 

Was Kesler offside before game-winning goal?

Ok, for the record, its your position that the play should have been blown dead and called offside by assuming his skate is off the ice?? Their default call is to assume a player is skating on only his forward skate there? Really? Ridiculous! Period!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 2:08 am
 

Was Kesler offside before game-winning goal?

 The Bruins also had a very long 2 man advantage early in the 3rd period and could have won the game right there....  say what you want about the Canucks pp but they don't have to be good on the pp to win this series..... 5 on 5 the Canucks are the superior team by far....  it's not even close
the 5 on 3 was in the 2nd period, not the 3rd.......to say the Canucks are better 5 on 5 by FAR, ITS NOT CLOSE??? well thats just being a Boston hater......the Bruins were the best 5 on 5 team during the season, if you wanna say Van is better vs Bos 5 on 5 ok, by certainly not by far, and it is close, very close......game 1 was pretty even, ill give a very slight edge in play to the Canucks....but both teams had good chances.....this series is FAR from over!!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Was Kesler offside before game-winning goal?

We all know, and I'm a Bruins fan, that the Bruins PP is VERY substandard. But how can you say that, in this game, the Bruins PP was disgusting ... yet the Canucks had an equal amount of PP's and didn't score either. So the Canucks sucked equally on the PP or the Bruin's weren't as "disgusting"as you make them out to be. Both teams were playing lights out D ... BOTH teams!  

Listen man. The Canucks didn't get a 4 minute pp 4 minutes into the game... the Bruins did.  The Bruins also had a very long 2 man advantage early in the 3rd period and could have won the game right there....  say what you want about the Canucks pp but they don't have to be good on the pp to win this series..... 5 on 5 the Canucks are the superior team by far....  it's not even close.   If the Bruins are going to have a chance in hell in this series they need to dominate both on the pp and the penalty kill or this is going to be a short series. 



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Was Kesler offside before game-winning goal?

sorry bosstone but when you cant score a goal and then give up the gw with 18 seconds left you are done 39 going on 40 years.....



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Was Kesler offside before game-winning goal?

"The Bruins disgusting powerplay is what lost them this game."
We all know, and I'm a Bruins fan, that the Bruins PP is VERY substandard. But how can you say that, in this game, the Bruins PP was disgusting ... yet the Canucks had an equal amount of PP's and didn't score either. So the Canucks sucked equally on the PP or the Bruin's weren't as "disgusting"as you make them out to be. Both teams were playing lights out D ... BOTH teams!  



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Was Kesler offside before game-winning goal?

tannerjack: The "physics"? Surely you mean to say "anatomically" or something more relevant? As others have mentioned, every player in the league knows how to extend and drag his toe to avoid an offside. You can be reasonably certain that if his toe is on top of or even outside the line, that he isn't just floating it there like a parade balloon and that it's on the ice. Maybe most linesmen would give him that anyway, who knows?



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Was Kesler offside before game-winning goal?

agree 100% that LIVE this was a BRUTALLY TOUGH call to make, still 6 games left, I am looking forward to them, go Bruins!! and good luck to the Canuck fans, if that was indication should be great series!!  



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Was Kesler offside before game-winning goal?

in this case the call was just too hard to make at full speed.
The linesman is on the other side of hte ice and had to make a call. He got it wrong but barely.



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