... not in as many words, but uh, yeah.
Scott Howson of the Columbus Blue Jackets thinks the Los Angeles Kings (or the scoreboard staff at Staples Center) were in some way responsible for the clock that froze with 1.8 seconds left on Wednesday night. That freeze allowed Drew Doughty to score a game-winning goal that should not have counted.
Here's Howson on his blog on the Blue Jackets official website:
It is an amazing coincidence that with the Kings on a power play at STAPLES Center and with a mad scramble around our net in the dying seconds of the third period of a 2-2 hockey game that the clock stopped for at least one full second. I can only think of two ways in which this would have happened. Either there was a deliberate stopping of the clock or the clock malfunctioned.
AN AMAZING COINCIDENCE! Man, that's awesome.
Yeah, he does include the possibility that it was just a malfunction, but that entire paragraph basically outlines how he thinks the Kings and the Staples Center staff stopped that clock on purpose. I don't blame him for being angry, but a conspiracy does seem a little far fetched.
Then again, Colin Campbell of the NHL says the league is "investigating" and "asking the tough questions," so maybe Howson's suspicions will be proven correct. We'll see. (Or, more than likely, we'll all forget about this by next week.)
UPDATE: The Blue Jackets deleted the blog post, but here's a screen grab via Greg Wyshynski. Love you, Internet.