Tonight’s game is in the books and the players aren’t coming back on the ice, of course, but some controversy remains. Drew Doughty scored the game-winning goal for the Kings with four-tenths of a second left on the clock. That much is undisputed, but it seems that the clock paused, momentarily, with 1.8 seconds remaining. Click here to see an overhead video of the play.
On his Twitter account, Columbus Dispatch beat writer Aaron Portzline posted these comments from Blue Jackets interim coach Todd Richards: “I don’t have any official word. But watching the replay and talking to our (FS Ohio) producer, the clock stopped at 1.8 and stopped for 1.5 seconds. They scored with 0.5 seconds left. I’m really disappointed for the players.”
The goal stands, though, and that was the sixth time in franchise history that the Kings have won “at the buzzer.” The last time it happened was on Feb. 11, 1999, when Jozef Stumpel scored with 0.3 seconds remaining.