This is a huge story.
But it’s not really being reported. On Thursday night during the Flyers/Penguins game, Simon Gagne thought he scored a shorthanded goal. It was ruled no goal by the refs on the ice, and by no fault of their own. And after watching the replays on CSN Philadelphia, I, as well as many other Flyers fans, thought it was a goal too. It was clear that Brent Johnson pushed the puck out of the net with the pad. However, after review, the War Room in Toronto claimed their was inconclusive evidence to overturn the call on the ice. Really?
Yes, really. Based on the replays they saw, they could never see the puck in the net. That’s because FSN Pittsburgh never sent all of the angles they had. They only showed the good angle until after the call was made. But the NHL has access to every angle! Well, no, they don’t. Apparently, they only get the home team’s feed for the games in Toronto. So really, the home team has the power to send only the angles they want to.
Click here for the story on Philly.com.
This is cheating. It’s plain and simple. Whoever is responsible for this within FSN Pittsburgh should immediately be fired. It’s a disgrace to the Penguins, the NHL, and the integrity of the game. In addition to this, the NHL should severely fine FSN Pittsburgh or at least give them some sort of other punishment. As of now, I have seen no sort of apology or statement from the Pittsburgh Penguins. That’s a shame. The Penguins should immediately distance themselves from this sort of behavior.
And after the NHL punished FSN Pittsburgh, they should slap themselves in the face. Who on earth would think it’s a good idea to leave it up to the home team to send the feeds? You don’t think that anyone would ever be tempted to try to abuse the system? I’d bet this isn’t the first time this has happened somewhere in the league. It’s stories like this that just shows how inept the NHL management is.
The worst part is that the NHL won’t do anything about this. No one’s really reporting this, so I guess they’re off the hook? They’re just so lucky that it didn’t affect the outcome of the game. Can you imagine if it were an overtime goal or if the Penguins ended up winning the game? But that’s precisely why the NHL won’t do anything about it. They’ve shown this behavior countless times before. How many dirty hits have we seen with the NHL justifying not suspending the hitter because the victim was uninjured? Does the NHL sweep things under the rug because they don’t want to deal with the criticism? Do they think they’ll lose credibility as a league if people hear about this? No, the league is losing credibility because they fail to address some serious issues in the league.
Nobody wants this cheating happening. Time for the NHL to step it up and do something. I won’t hold my breath though.