Torey Krug's goalless streak continues after questionable offsides call overturns goal

Scott McLaughlin
March 05, 2016 - 6:35 pm
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While Alex Ovechkin's hit from behind on Kevan Miller may grab the most headlines from Saturday's game, the controversial play that actually had the biggest impact on the game was Torey Krug's overturned goal early in the second period. David Pastrnak carried into the offensive zone and fired a shot that led to a juicy rebound. Krug picked up the loose puck, cut to the middle and beat Philipp Grubauer for what appeared to be his first goal in 40 games. However, the goal wound up being waved off after a video review determined that Loui Eriksson was offsides on Pastrnak's zone entry. The question, of course, is whether the video evidence was actually definitive. Eriksson clearly made an effort to drag one skate behind him to try to stay onsides, but the skate eventually lifted off the ice. On the replays shown on TV, it was hard to tell whether the skate lifted before or after the puck entered the zone. The goal would've given the Bruins a 2-0 lead, and possibly a second straight win over a top team. Instead the Capitals tied the game at one later in the second period and eventually won in overtime. Krug, for his part, downplayed the no-goal ruling after the game. "If it's offside, it's not a goal," Krug said. "I mean, it's frustrating. I haven't scored in a while, but that's a good test for your character and trying to respond and still having faith. It's, like I said, right time, right place, it'll happen."

The Bruins, to their credit, didn't seem to get too deflated by the call. They controlled play for the majority of the second period and outshot the Capitals 20-7 in the frame. Unfortunately they couldn't find the back of the net again, while the Capitals eventually did. "We did OK," Krug said. "I think this year we've done a really good job of responding to calls that haven't gone our way. Unfortunately they got the next goal, so it's not clearly indicative of how we responded, but we did an alright job." Claude Julien didn't say much about this specific call, but acknowledged that he doesn't always agree with video reviews -- understandable considering Saturday's wasn't the first to go against the Bruins this season. "You guys keep asking coaches. We're not all, I guess, 100 percent on board with some of that stuff, but you've got to live with it" Julien said. "You live with it, because we always compare it to other calls that we've had, whether it's with other games and stuff like that. I guess we don't always see consistency." Dennis Seidenberg played the voice of reason, offering up an idea that could clear up situations like Saturday's. "You have to see something in the future, I guess, on the level of the ice where you can actually see the skate coming up – like a camera on the blue line," Seidenberg said. "But it's tough to see. I didn't see it and it's really tough for me to judge because I don't know."
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