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Gary Bettman comments on LA clock controversy

Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:38 pm
 


By: Adam Gretz

Everybody has an opinion or a thought on what took place in Los Angeles on Wednesday night when the clock appeared to stop just prior to Drew Doughty's game-winning goal with 0.4 seconds remaining in the game.

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi offered a scientific explanation. Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson shared his thoughts in a blog post on the Blue Jackets website that has since been deleted (but don't worry, the Internet never forgets).

And now NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has weighed in on the controversey, via NHL.com, and unlike Lombardi, did not include "coulombs" as part of his statement:

"Not good, not acceptable -- if [the clock] had run straight through, the game would have been at a tie at that point, would have gone to overtime. And maybe L.A. would have won anyway, maybe not. That's not the point. We are taking this very seriously. We're investigating as to how it happened. Obviously it's either human error or a technology glitch. We don't know which, but we've already begun investigating and we will get to the bottom of it.

"Now I know lots of people are going to say, 'How can you have a mistake?' Well, unfortunately or fortunately, our game is full of mistakes -- by players, by coaches and occasionally by officials -- and on some levels it's no different than if a guy makes a bad penalty call, puts a team on the power play and they score the winning goal. It happens. We don't like when it happens and our job is to minimize mistakes. We don't want any, but obviously when you have a human element in any aspect of the game you're going to have it.

"If we had any reason to believe that this was intentional we would deal with it in a whole different way, but we're going to investigate it, get to the bottom of it."

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Clock error helps Kings, Jackets GM Responds
Lombardi's explanation

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Comments

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:52 pm
 

Gary Bettman comments on LA clock controversy

As a normal issue with Bettman is his inabililty to state the obvious and keep on track with that thought.  This could be solved by running the last 10 seconds prior to the call.  Since all goals should be quickly reviewed, a 10 second window at the end of periods would resolve this.  I think the referees had the ability and I'm not faulting them.  The Blue Jack's, used to losing, ran off the ice and end of dispute.  If Hitch was still there, it would have been different.  Just my point of view. :)  



Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:08 pm
 

Gary Bettman comments on LA clock controversy

I am actually agree with Bettman on one point.  This is unacceptable.  I don't think this was intentional but who knows.  It definitely should be investigated.  We can't have timekeepers affecting the integrity of the game.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:25 pm
 

Gary Bettman comments on LA clock controversy

"If we had any reason to believe that this was intentional we would deal with it in a whole different way, but we're going to investigate it, get to the bottom of it."
BS.  What's of most concern for the NHL is that now they have to review every GWG this season that occurred in the last 5-10 seconds of a game, to make sure they're not seen to be "picking on" the Kings especially.

Regardless of whatever's determined, the goal should not count, and the game end in an OT-less tie.  It sucks that the Blue Jackets don't get a chance to try for the extra point, but no way should LA get one, whether the clock error was malicious or not.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:47 pm
 

Gary Bettman comments on LA clock controversy

our game is full of mistakes -- by players, by coaches and occasionally by officials.

occasionally by officials? Thanks Gary for that line.



Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:29 am
 

Gary Bettman comments on LA clock controversy

Filed under "Who cares?" mainly 'cause it's the lowly Jackets who suffered... losing two points is not a big deal under the circumstances, considering they're tanking in order to get Nail in the Draft, anyways.



Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:19 pm
 

Gary Bettman comments on LA clock controversy

Beancake, what are you rambling about?  Why are you talking about soccer?  The NHL is the most concerned about what happened, not Columbus.  This mistake could make a huge difference to some teams including huge amounts of money.  I'm sure the Bluejackets wouldn't mind having the call go the other way, but i gaurentee the Kings would be the ones complaining about it.



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:07 pm
 

Gary Bettman comments on LA clock controversy

How would The Bluejackets feel if it happened in their favour, getting a goal when the clock stopped and winning the game like that.

Thes ethings happen occasionally, and soccer is awful for the amount of time played regarding 4 mins injury time turning into 6 - 7 mins, and refereeing decisions going for and against, let alone week in week out, but within the same match with no consistency.

The Bluejackets should accept the rough with the smooth and take it on the chin and carry on to the next game.


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