Dean Lombardi: Kings General Manager, Scientist

Early Thursday afternoon, Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson basically accused the Los Angeles Kings, or perhaps the scoreboard staff at Staples Center, of conspiring against his team late in the third period of Wednesday evening's game.

Lombardi answered questions about the clock at his team's arena in a report on ESPN.com later Thursday. Apparently, he moonlights as a scientist.

"Those clocks are sophisticated instruments that calculate time by measuring electrical charges called coulombs -- given the rapidity and volume of electrons that move through the measuring device the calibrator must adjust at certain points which was the delay you see -- the delay is just recalibrating for the clock moving too quickly during the 10 - 10ths of a second before the delay -- this insures that the actual playing time during a period is exactly 20 minutes That is not an opinion -- that is science -- amazing devise quite frankly."

Wow.

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