I understand entirely that any reviewed goal is subject to the call made on the ice, and the interpretation by the video review judges in the war room in Toronto, and completely respect the complexity of each individual situation. I do not, however, understand how a professional sports league can function knowing full well that their rules are subject to constant scrutiny.
The Senators' rookie (for those of you who haven't seen it a million times), scored a questionable goal off his skate in the third period last night to get Ottawa within a goal of the Canadiens. The pass, made by Sens' perennial pest Chris Neal, came off the shaft of Jarred Tinordi's stick and then made contact with Zibinijad's skate.
Many think the fact that the puck deflected off Tinordi was the principle reason the goal was allowed are dead wrong.
NHL Rule 49.2 - Goals
Puck directed or batted into the net by a hand or foot.
With the use of a foot/skate, was a distinct kicking motion evident? If so, the apparent goal must be disallowed.
A DISTINCT KICKING MOTION is one which, with a pendulum motion, the player propels the puck with his skate into the net.
If the Video Goal Judge determines that it was put into the net by an attacking player using a distinct kicking motion, it must be ruled NO GOAL. This would also be true even if the puck, after being kicked, deflects off any other player of either team and then into the net. This is still NO GOAL.