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Posted: 02/16/2014 11:43 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 02/16/2014 3:14 PM
SOCHI, Russia - Another day at the Sochi Winter Olympics, another questionable disallowed goal.
One day after Russia had a goal taken away because the net was slightly off its moorings, Canada had a bizarre goal wiped out in its game against Finland.
Alex Pietrangelo's shot hit a Finnish player's stick, popped into the air and landed on the top of the net behind goaltender Tuukka Rask. Rick Nash swatted the top of the net to dislodge it.
It wasn't clear whether Patrick Sharp batted it out of the air or just took a swing, but it ended up in the net at 13:44 of the first period.
Officials conferred and reviewed the play, ultimately determining it was no goal because of a high-stick.
IIHF rules state that a goal is disallowed "if an attacking player contacted the puck with the stick above the crossbar."
The IIHF case book addresses the situation, saying "if the player knocked the puck off without a high-sticking infraction and he was not in the goal crease at the moment the puck dropped into the crease, the goal shall be allowed."
Nash's stick had to be above the crossbar to make the play he did.
Canadian coach Mike Babcock said he did not get an explanation from the officials.
"They just waved it off," he said after the game.
But Babcock said he thought it would be waved off because "as soon as it's on top of the net, the easy way out is it's no goal."
Later in the first, Rask had to dive across the crease to cover the puck after a wraparound attempt by Jonathan Toews. It was not called a goal on the ice but reviewed anyway before it was determined the puck did not completely cross the goal-line.
Controversy reigned Saturday when a goal by Russia's Fedor Tyutin was called off after the net was off its moorings behind U.S. goaltender Jonathan Quick. It was a questionable enough decision that the IIHF put out a statement to confirm officials made the correct call.
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