Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored with 0.4 seconds showing on the clock, but the clock stopped for about one full second just before that, allowing extra time for Doughty's winning goal.
The NHL's video room did not notice the frozen clock when it looked at the initial replay Wednesday night. On Thursday, NHL senior vice president Colin Campbell told the Los Angeles Times the goal should not have counted and that the league would investigate what caused the error. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the result will stand, Campbell said.
"When you look at it, regulation was over when L.A. scored, so yes they did [catch a break]," Campbell told the Times. "[The Blue Jackets] didn't have the opportunity to get a point for a tie game. They didn't get a point from the tie game, which they would have got, and they weren't afforded the opportunity to go for an extra point in overtime or a shootout."
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson addressed the issue Thursday morning on his official team site blog.
"I can only think of two ways in which this could have happened," Howson wrote. "Either there was a deliberate stopping of the clock or the clock malfunctioned."
The goal could influence the Western Conference playoff race. The Kings are in seventh place, five points ahead of Minnesota, which is in the final playoff spot. Columbus is last in the conference.