Video replays correctly awarded the Oilers a goal, but couldn’t wipe out their penalty.

Edmonton Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto fired a top-shelf blast the beat Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.  The puck deflected off Crawford’s stick and went just under the crossbar, hitting the back bar and bouncing right out the the net.   Play continued with no goal call on the ice.

Yamamoto gestured to the officials in confusion, as did Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, who was positioned directly behind the net at the time of the goal.



Play continued for 23 seconds. In the interim – and with the confusion on the possible goal – the Oilers ended up with six skaters on the ice. Linesman David Brisebois blew the whistle to stop play for too many men.  The horn sounded, indicating that the Situation Room was taking a look at the play for a possible goal.

That’s when referees Frederick L’Ecuyer and Trevor Hanson went to the review, under Rule 37.2.

When the NHL Situation Room observes an incident involving a potential goal that was undetected by the On-Ice Officials, the Off-Ice Official will contact the Referee at the first stoppage of play and inform him that a review of the play is in progress. The Public Address Announcer will make an announcement that “the play is under review.”

If the review reveals that the goal should be counted, the clock (including penalty time clocks, if applicable) shall be re-set to the time the goal was scored.

Any penalties signaled during the period of time between the apparent goal and the next stoppage of play shall be assessed and served in the normal course. The time of the penalty will be recorded as the time the
awarded goal was actually scored.

The goal counted… but so did the penalty.

“After review, the shot from Number 56 from Edmonton did go into the net, therefore we have a good goal,” announced L’Ecuyer. “On the play, just before the whistle, we have a too many men against Edmonton. It’s a two minute minor.”

The Oilers cut the Hawks lead to one, but found themselves immediately shorthanded.

Edmonton did manage to kill off the penalty, but fell to Chicago 4-3.