Paul Maurice criticizes Kris Knoblauch after an overturned offside goal

Sam Jones
June 22, 2024  (7:47)

Paul Maurice criticizes Kris Knoblauch after an overturned offside goal
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Last night's NHL playoff game was a roller coaster of emotions as the Florida Panthers almost pulled off a comeback against the Edmonton Oilers.

The pivotal moment came when Panthers' captain Aleksander Barkov found the net early in the second period, only for the goal to be contested by the Oilers for a possible offside. The decision to challenge the call inflamed tensions, notably from Panthers coach Paul Maurice and GM Bill Zito, who were visibly enraged on the bench.
Following the controversial decision, Coach Maurice expressed his frustration. "The linesperson informed me that it was the last clip that they got where they made the decision that it shows it's offside . . . I was upset after the call, based on what I see at my feet. There was no way that I would have challenged that if it was reversed . . . I'm not saying it's not offside. We'll get stillframes, we'll bring in the CIA, we'll figure it out," Maurice stated, highlighting his disbelief and resolve to scrutinize the call further.
Critics argue that Maurice's comments about not challenging if roles were reversed seem disingenuous, especially considering the stakes involved. The play was finely balanced, with mere inches deciding the call. Publicly released images suggest the decision wasn't clear-cut, which typically would mean the on-ice goal call stands. Despite this, it appears that the NHL and the Oilers' video coach had enough evidence to overturn the goal, leading to significant repercussions for the game's outcome.
The Oilers, bolstered by their defensive stand, are now teetering on the brink of an historic achievement. Following a tough season marked by strategic shifts and a coaching change, the team's resilience has been remarkable. Now, one victory away from clinching the Stanley Cup, the Oilers are poised to cap off what could be one of the most memorable comebacks in sports history, truly embodying the spirit of their regular-season recovery.
As the Oilers prepare for their potential championship finale, the hockey world watches eagerly. Will this be the moment Connor McDavid lifts the Stanley Cup, marking a new era for the franchise? The stakes couldn't be higher as Edmonton looks to transform their season's narrative from underdogs to champions.
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Paul Maurice criticizes Kris Knoblauch after an overturned offside goal

Did you believe the goal was clearly offside, too close to call, or onside?

Offside37980.1 %
Too close to tell449.3 %
Onside194 %
I don't know, NHL has better cameras316.6 %
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