The players didn’t know it was in. Referee Justin St. Pierre, who was right on top of the play, didn’t know it was in. It wasn’t until the Situation Room took a look that anyone realized the puck had crossed the line.
Marco Scandella’s power play goal tied the game at three. The Wild lost in overtime, but earned a valuable poitn by hanging in there through the first 60 minutes.
“I didn’t feel very strongly about that goal. I thought that I had the puck when they blew the whistle,” said Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne. “I’m not going to complain here because I haven’t seen enough of the reviews. I saw one overhead review and I couldn’t really tell.”
“I’m just reviewing it now,” Nashville head coach Peter Laviolette said after the game. “I’m going to need further direction. I’m not sure I understand it.”
The league’s official review stated that the puck crossed the line, but didn’t provide a video or picture of the puck over the line. Yahoo’s Puck Daddy caught the possible proof in the post-game:
The Predators postgame show had a camera angle over the goal which showed the puck likely was under defenseman Seth Jones, who was behind the goal line, and forward Derek Roy pushed it out from under Jones.
From the NHL:
At 7:17 of the second period in the Nashville Predators/Minnesota Wild game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Nashville net.
Video review determined that Marco Scandella’s rebound shot completely crossed the goal line.
Good goal Minnesota.