Toronto Maple Leafs Should Still Be Unbeaten
What would have been the tying goal in last nights game was dis-allowed because the puck made contact with a high stick before Versteeg scored the goal.
The common conception is that a puck will be blown dead if it makes contact with any part of a players stick that is above said players shoulder. As you can see from the video, the spot where the puck hit Versteeg's stick was clearly not above his shoulder.
The Leafs second no-goal was clearly not a goal as the puck did not in fact cross the line, however, an argument could be made that Tavares swiped the puck out of the crease using his hand and if this was the case a penalty shot should have been awarded.
The game featured not one, not two, but three controversial calls that all went against Toronto.
The last one, a goaltender interference penalty to Brett Lebda just seconds before the Islanders Tavares put a one-timer past Jean-Sebastien Giguere to end the game. Leafs coach Ron Wilson called the penalty in overtime ``marginal'' and was disappointed with the two goals the team had called back earlier in the game. ``A couple calls when completely against us,'' said Wilson. ``At this point, (it's) crying over spilled milk. There's nothing you can do.''
The Leafs players took the high road despite being frustrated.
`It's just the way the game goes,'' said Lebda. ``Everything was a close call today. It was up and down ... the refs are doing the best they can and they're going to make mistakes like we do.''
Despite having to take the loss, the Leafs seriously out played the Islanders for the most part and out shot them 30-20.
The Leafs and the Stars both had their respective un-beaten streaks ended last night though the Toronto Maple Leafs still hold onto first in the NHL tied with Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Aside from the loss, the only real bad part of last nights game was that Clarke Macarthur saw his four game goal streak come to an end though Phil Kessel netted his fifth of the season to tie him for the scoring lead on the team.
Toronto's next action comes Thursday as they host to the New York Rangers and can be watched on TSN at 7 pm