That was the difference in the Stars' 3-2 victory Friday night.
With just 4 seconds left, Oilers forward Ales Hemsky appeared to score on goalie Marty Turco but referee Mick McGeough called the goal off. He blew the whistle a moment before during a faceoff, convinced that Shawn Horcoff made a glove pass off the draw.
It was something video replays showed didn't occur.
"It was a blown call on my part," he said after the game. "It was poor judgment on my part. I thought he had his hand on the puck on the faceoff but it was his stick. My judgment was poor on the play."
The sold-out crowd at Rexall Place littered the ice with debris following the call.
Oilers coach Craig MacTavish was critical of McGeough's call and chastised his often demonstrative on-ice personality.
"I know he is a veteran official and at times I have found his antics humorous," MacTavish said. "But if this is the product of that, there is a problem.
"It was a ridiculous call. I had no idea what he had called. Nobody saw the hand pass on the play because quite clearly there wasn't one. It's beyond reason. He should be suspended."
While Turco was sympathetic toward the Oilers, he said he heard the whistle and stopped moving on Hemsky's shot.
"The whistle had gone a long time before the puck went in," he said. "That's what we were going off of. It's a tough break for them. Who knows what would have happened?
"But the whistle went as he was shooting. I had already reacted to the whistle. I could have smothered it or swatted it away. I'm sure they are disappointed, but by no means should that be thought of as a possible goal."
Roloson contested that he had been interfered with on the play by Eric Lindros, but the goal was allowed.
"It was pretty clear what happened to me but obviously not clear enough," Roloson said. "He said I touched the puck but it doesn't really matter when a guy comes in the crease and takes me out of the play and they score a goal. It's a no goal and a penalty. It was blatant."
There was no dispute on the Stars' second goal. With just under two minutes to play in the first period, Dallas broke out on a 2-on-1. Stu Barnes was able to thread the puck under sprawling Oilers defenseman Jason Smith to Niklas Hagman, who had a wide open net in which to shoot. The Stars outshot Edmonton 14-5 in the first.
Edmonton came out firing to start the second and got a big break four minutes in when Ryan Smyth's shot from behind the net hit Turco's leg and went in, making it 2-1.
But the Stars were able to restore their two-goal edge late in the period. A seemingly innocent point shot by Trevor Daley eluded Roloson, playing his 300th career NHL game, with just 58 seconds remaining in the middle period.
For the second straight game, the Oilers were able to get back to within striking distance late as Petr Sykora scored his eighth of the season while Roloson was on the bench for an extra attacker with 1:25 left.
|Fans throw drinks at referee Michael McGeough after he disallowed a late Oilers tying goal. (AP)|
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|12:04||Brenden Morrow (5), Wrist Shot - Assists: Eric Lindros, Mike Ribeiro|
|18:06||Niklas Hagman (4), Snap Shot - Assist: Stu Barnes|
|04:05||Ryan Smyth (8), Snap Shot - Assists: Brad Winchester, Jarret Stoll|
|19:02||Trevor Daley, Slap Shot - Assists: Antti Miettinen, Jeff Halpern|
|18:35||Petr Sykora (8), Wrist Shot - Assists: Raffi Torres, Steve Staios|
|07:29||Horcoff: Holding - 2 min.|
|08:20||Miettinen: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.|
|12:43||Miettinen: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.|
|04:34||Robidas: Holding - 2 min.|
|05:14||Boucher: Cross Check - 2 min.|
|03:02||Morrow: Tripping - 2 min.|
|10:27||Bergeron: Closing Hand on Puck - 2 min.|
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|Attendance - 16839|
|Referees - Mick McGeough, Tim Peel|
|Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Mark Shewchyk|