By: Adam Gretz
With less than three seconds to play in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon the Devils Zach Parise thought he had a game-tying goal to send their game against the Islanders to overtime, as he crashed the net and seemingly banged a loose puck in past Al Montoya. The play was ultimately reviewed by the NHL's situation room in Toronto, and it was determined that Parise used a distinct kicking motion to direct the puck into the net, negating the goal and securing a 3-2 win for the Islanders.
Here's the play:
And here's what the NHL posted on its constantly updating Situation Room Blog: "At 19:59 of the third period in the Devils/Islanders game, video review used the overhead angle and the side camera to determine that Devils forward Zach Parise used his right skate to propel the puck into the net. According to rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net". No Goal New Jersey."
Parise disagreed with the ruling after the game, telling the assembled media that he can't agree with the NHL's decision and that the league made the wrong call.
After watching the replay, it's kind of a surprise that the on-ice official that was standing right in front of the play didn't rule it no goal from the start.