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Kings take lead on controversial goal

The Los Angeles Kings are on their way to forcing Game 7 thanks in part to this controversial goal in the third period.

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With their season on the line Monday night, the Los Angeles Kings took a 2-1 lead late in the third period on a controversial play that is probably going to get a lot of attention in the coming days, especially if the Sharks end up blowing this series.

With the game tied and the puck seemingly secured under Sharks goalie Alex Stalock, Kings forward Justin Williams kept jamming away, without a whistle from the officials, forcing it loose and causing it to slowly roll across the goal line.


For all of the quick whistles we've seen around the net this season, and for all of the times we've seen the intent to blow rule enforced disallowing goals, it's amazing that this play continued, especially in that situation and especially as the referee standing right beside the net appeared as if he was ready to blow the whistle.


After a brief discussion with the war room in Toronto it was determined that it was not a reviewable play and that the call on the ice would stand.

This was the only explanation from the NHL.

At 11:56 of the third period in the San Jose Sharks/Los Angeles Kings game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the San Jose net. Video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that the puck entered the net in a legal fashion. Good goal Los Angeles.

From there, the Kings absolutely took over and scored two more goals thanks to Anze Kopitar.

Los Angeles lost the first three games of the series but has stormed back, and with a late 4-1 lead the Kings seem to be on their way to forcing a Game 7.