The Washington Capitals wiped out a Tampa goal after a successful challenge for a missed stoppage.



This was just the second successful challenge for a missed stoppage since the 2019-20 season, when the NHL added stoppages to the plays eligible for a Coach’s Challenge, the first for a puck in the netting.  Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice eliminated a Maple Leafs goal with a missed stoppage challenge on March 13, 2021; that one was for a hand pass.  There have been 14 failed missed stoppage challenges over that same span.

Here are the relevant sections of the NHL rulebook:

38.2 Situations Subject to Coach’s Challenge – A team may only request a Coach’s Challenge to review the following scenarios:

(b) Missed Game Stoppage Event in the Offensive Zone Leading to a Goal – A play that results in a “GOAL” call on the ice where the defending team claims that the play should have been stopped by reason of any play occurring in the offensive zone that should have resulted in a play stoppage caused by the attacking team but did not; 

38.10 Applicable Standards for “Missed Game Stoppage Event in the Offensive Zone” Challenge – The standard for overturning the call in the event of a “GOAL” call on the ice is that the NHL Situation Room, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the On-Ice Official(s), determines that the play should have been stopped but was not at some point after the puck entered the attacking zone  but prior to the goal being scored; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.

Potential infractions that would require a play stoppage in the offensive zone include, but may not be limited to: Hand Pass (Rule 79); High-Sticking the Puck (Rule 80); and Puck Out of Bounds (Rule 85). Such infractions will only serve as a basis for overturning a GOAL call on the ice if video review can conclusively establish that a game stoppage event had occurred in the offensive zone and was missed by the On-Ice Official(s). Where the infraction at issue was a missed penalty call subject to the judgment or discretion of the On-Ice Official(s), such infraction cannot result in the “GOAL” call on the ice being overturned, even if upon review, the On-Ice Official(s) would have made a different call.

Goals will only be reviewed for a potential “Missed Game Stoppage Event in the Offensive Zone” if the puck does not come out of the attacking zone again between the time of the “Missed Game
Stoppage Event in the Offensive Zone” and the time the goal is scored.

The goal was taken away, and the clock was reset to the moment the puck went out of play.

Tampa went on to win the game 2-1 in overtime.

Referees for the game were Furman South and Dean Morton; linesmen were Jonny Murray and Tyson Baker.