While the NHL’s Situation Room is still enjoying the offseason, the KHL’s is back in business.  It didn’t take long — the officials went upstairs to review the first goal scored in the season opener between Dynamo Moscow and Mike Keenan’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk.


Dynamo blueliner Filip Novak’s marker was initially called as a good goal by referee Konstantin Olenin.  Additional review confirmed that the pass by Alexei Tereschenko deflected off Magnitogorsk goaltender Vasily Koshechin’s stick, then off Novak’s skate and into the net.   Since  Novak was in the act of stopping and did not use a kicking motion, the goal stands.

From the KHL:

Департамент судейства прокомментировал эпизод, связанный с голом защитника «Динамо» Филипа Новака, забитого в первом матче 7-го сезона КХЛ.

После передачи Алексея Терещенко на Максима Карпова шайба рикошетом от клюшки вратаря магнитогорского «Металлурга» Василия Кошечкина попала в конёк Новаку, тормозившему левой ногой. После попадания в конёк шайба пересекла линию ворот. Гол засчитан верно, так как удара ногой по шайбе не было.

That would be the only puck Dynamo Moscow managed to get past Koshechin.  Magnitogorsk would tie the game just 21 seconds later on their way to an easy 6-1 victory.

While it didn’t factor into this review, it’s worth noting that the KHL has adjusted the angle of their overhead cameras for the 2014-15 season.   Previously, the cameras were off-set 15 degrees, which made it difficult to determine the position of the puck relative to the goal line when it was in mid-air.  This season, the cameras are directly overhead, with the crossbar and goal line in alignment.


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