The Toronto Maple Leafs need every point they can get right now. Their hot start has slowed down and now they are fighting for position at the bottom of the playoff race (I know it's still way early but points count now as much as they do in April).
So forgive the fans in Toronto if they are a bit upset at a questionable call costing them a second point in their 3-2 shootout loss to the L.A. Kings on Monday night.
In the second period of a 1-1 game, the Kings did something that's been very rare for them -- score on the power play. But what happened just before Dustin Brown's score is the controversial part.
It seems pretty clear to these eyes that the puck left the offensive zone on Drew Doughty's stick and it should have been blown dead as offsides. Instead, the Kings scored just seconds later. Obviously that goal was necessary for the game to go to overtime and was a large part of the difference between no points and two for the Kings.
Perhaps it was a friendly parting gift from the officiating crew to Kings interim coach John Stevens considering this was his last game as the bench boss in L.A. Darryl Sutter will take over the reins on Thursday.