Referees Chris Lee and Ghislain Hebert had the NHL’s Situation Room on speed dial Friday night. Of the eight goals scored in the game, three required additional review.
Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg deflected a shot to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. Referee Ghislain Hebert emphatically waved off the goal, believing that Zetterberg’s stick was above the crossbar. As he headed to the officials’ crease, he huddled with Lee and linesmen Ryan Galloway and Tim Nowak. After a brief discussion, the on-ice ruling was changed. Hebert made the announcement to the crowd. “After consulting with the officials,” said Hebert, “the call on the ice is going to be a good goal.”
The crowd cheered, but Hebert’s announcement was only about the call on the ice. Referee Chris Lee was already speaking with the NHL’s Situation Room to confirm that the deflection was legal. It was.
Winnipeg nearly tied the game early in the third period, as Mark Scheifele’s shot appeared to get under goaltender Petr Mrazek. The officials lost sight of the puck as Mrazek lay flat on his back, half in his own net. Initial replays were inconclusive, as the puck was not visible from multiple angles. It took the NHL’s crossbar camera to eventually provide conclusive proof that the puck had gone in.
After Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader would score an obvious go-ahead goal, Winnipeg would tie the game shortly after on a goal that no one – aside from Brandon Tanev – saw go in.
Tanev’s first NHL goal went undetected by the officials on the ice. A second look via replay confirmed that the puck crossed the goal line deflecting off the rear bar and back out. Referee Ghislain Hebert made the announcement, and the game was knotted at three.
The Jets completed their comeback, with Tanev scoring the game-winner with 1:16 to play in the game. Winnipeg also added an empty netter.
Mercifully, neither of those goals required further review.