Things got ugly in New Jersey on Wednesday.
The New Jersey Devils, chasing their 14th consecutive win with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the city on Wednesday, appeared to take the lead in the first half when forward Nathan Bastien redirected the ball to guard Matt Murray. The call on the ice was not a goal due to what officials deemed goal interference.
The Devils requested that the play be reviewed, but the Situation Chamber upheld the decision on the ice, claiming that Bastien had actually interfered with Murray and prevented him from playing his position.
Referee Justin Kea skated to center ice to call the call, but stuttered his words and mistakenly called it a good goal, then immediately stopped himself to make the correct call. The fans booed him and the Devils players were left stunned that the call was not called off.
The video quickly went viral as fans wondered if the judges weren’t already drunk before the Thanksgiving festivities this weekend. Some commented on how the league might not want the Maple Leafs to lose to the spirited Devils, while others posited if Kea messed up the call because he knew the Devils’ interest should have been allowed.
The NHL clarified the call, noting that Bastian had a large presence in the crease, which impaired Matt Murray’s play-saving ability.
To make matters worse for the Devils, another New Jersey goal was disallowed in the second half. Forward Thomas Tatar skated around the Maple Leafs net and collided with Murray as the goaltender played the puck behind the net, sending it onto the ice. As it went down, the Tartar redirected the puck into the empty net. However, the aim was considered not good.
Many fans again expressed their displeasure on social media, stating that Tatar’s contact with Murray was accidental and therefore the goal should have been awarded.
Of course, the bad luck didn’t stop there, as New Jersey has yet to else The goal was called again, this time for a kicking motion.
This might be the least controversial Call of the Night, to be fair.
After their historic winning streak was seriously threatened by a 2-0 loss in the third period, fans reported their frustration to the officials, throwing anything within reach onto the playing surface.
The Leafs would cruise to a 2-1 victory, ending the Devils’ 13-game winning streak in heartbreaking fashion.
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