Two years and two days after “Clockgate,” the Staples Center clock once again inserted itself into the game story.
In the previous clock issue, Drew Doughty appeared to have been afforded extra time to blast a shot past Curtis Sanford with four tenths of a second remaining in regulation of a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 1, 2012.
On Monday night, two clear stutters of the Staples Center clock prolonged Matt Greene’s third period interference penalty, affording the Blackhawks extra power play time. Upon the penalty’s conclusion and nearly simultaneous to Greene rejoining the play, Marian Hossa fed the puck to the blue line, where Nick Leddy one-timed the pass off the right post and past Jonathan Quick.
Upon watching the replay of the power play (NHL Gamecenter membership required), there are two pauses in the clock during Chicago’s power play: one at 14:14 remaining in the period and 1:08 remaining on the power play, and one at 13:54 remaining in the period and :48 remaining on the power play.
Kings exec irate after the game. When Greene was in the box and Leddy scored apparently the clock stopped for six seconds.
— The Mayor John Hoven (@mayorNHL) February 4, 2014