Colorado struck first in its Game 7 matchup with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night thanks to Nick Holden's third goal of the series, but it wasn't without a little bit of confusion and controversy.
The weird thing about this play isn't just that the goal was allowed to count when others have been disallowed for far less activity around the net this season, but also the actions of referee Wes McCauley. After appearing to initially waive something off, he seemed to change his mind almost instantly and call it a goal.
Here is the NHL's explanation for what happened:
The in-zone referee initially waved his arms after the puck crossed the goal line as a reaction to a potential infraction for high-sticking the puck. The on-ice officials then huddled regarding the play to discuss if it was a good hockey goal and agreed the goal would stand. Good goal Colorado.
That still doesn't explain how they didn't see any sort of interference on that play.