Another day, another ‘intent to blow’ call that denies a goal. This time, referee Gord Dwyer lost sight of the puck in the Edmonton crease and went to blow the play dead. Before he could, the puck crossed the line.
The goal would’ve tied the game at three.
— John MacKinnon (@rjmackinnon) February 4, 2014
Although the NHL’s Situation Room reviewed the play, it wasn’t their call. If the referee intends to blow the play dead – regardless of whether he actually blew the whistle before the puck crossed the line – the play is dead.
It’s not reviewable; it’s the referee’s call on the ice.
Here’s the official ruling from the NHL:
At 9:35 of the third period in the Oilers/Sabres game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Edmonton net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he was in the process of blowing his whistle to stop play before the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.5, apparent goals shall be disallowed “when the Referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle.” This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands – no goal Buffalo.