When you're the Columbus Blue Jackets, this stuff just has a way of always happening to you.
The Jackets, who played pretty well in a one-goal loss to the still unbeaten Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, had what they thought was a game-tying goal in the second period. Derick Brassard fired the puck on net from just inside the blue line before it was redirected by Nick Foligno past Corey Crawford for a goal. So they thought.
The goal was instead immediately waved off for goalie interference. That's in spite of the fact that neither he nor R.J. Umberger appeared to ever touch Crawford.
And wouldn't you know it, the Blackhawks won the game 3-2.
Was there interference? Foligno sure didn't think so (via Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch).
"Not at all," he said. "You all saw the replay. If anything, he comes out to kind of push me. I saw him push [Blue Jackets winger R.J. Umberger] and then me after. I just tipped the puck in and didn't even feel him.
“I was really disappointed in that. But that's the breaks of the game. It's just unfortunate it was at such a crucial point in the game. It would have been a 2-2 game and maybe a whole different outcome.”
However there's always another side of the story and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville gave that. Naturally, he liked the call.
"The right call was made," Quenneville said. "[Foligno's] skate picked him from coming across the crease. He couldn't get over."
Right call or wrong, you can debate (I say wrong) but this much is apparent: The Blue Jackets, who could use a little help from time to time, never seem to actually get it. They were involved in the most memorable "should it have counted or not" goal from last season that Kings GM Dean Lombardi explained away with quantum physics.
One of these the Blue Jackets will actually get a call in their favor. One of these days ...