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Two points become one after disallowed goal

BRUINS 3, LIGHTNING 2 (OT): Replay officials deny Andre Roy a goal, and another lead disappears.

By DAMIAN CRISTODERO, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 8, 2002


BOSTON -- Lightning left wing Andre Roy said he scored a goal. Replay officials said he did not. That was the debate after the Lightning's 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins on Saturday at the FleetCenter. That Tampa Bay, which got a point for the regulation tie, lost for the eighth time after holding a lead or tie with less than 10 minutes left was put on the back burner.

The hot-button issue was how replay officials wiped out what appeared to be a power-play goal 11:42 into the second period that would have put Tampa Bay ahead 3-1.

After a review, it was determined Roy kicked the puck past John Grahame. Roy said he poked the puck in with his stick after using his skate to gain control.

"(Referee) Paul Stewart was right behind the net, and he signaled it a goal. And he's right there," Roy said. "I was surprised they reviewed it, but I wasn't really worried about it."

"I'm not going to tell you what my view is," coach John Tortorella said. "But the rule is there has to be a conclusive call as far as waving it off. That's all I have to say about it."

It would not have been an issue had the Lightning, winless in 17 in a row in Boston (0-13-3-1), held its lead.

But Boston, the No.1 team in the East and 11-2-1 at home, tied the score with 7:56 left on Bryan Berard's shot from near the point that deflected sharply off Roy's skate and past Nikolai Khabibulin. It won with 1:49 left in overtime on Nick Boynton's goal. Mistakes led to both goals. Right wing Ruslan Fedotenko could not handle Cory Sarich's clearing attempt along the boards before Berard's goal. He also failed to control the puck near the Lightning blue line before the winning goal. And with the Lightning overcommited to one side, Boynton sneaked unopposed into the slot.

But with the tying goal coming after a bizarre bounce, a goal being disallowed and the Lightning taking sole possession of first place in the Southeast, the game did not prompt consternation.

"I thought we played with a lot of (guts)," Tortorella said.

Tampa Bay also played with five defensemen after Nolan Pratt left with dizziness with 6:25 left in the first period after being hit in the nose with a puck.

Grahame was huge, making 20 saves and robbing Tim Taylor and Fredrik Modin from in-close during the third period.

"I like the way the team played," Tortorella said. "We played hard against one of the best teams in the league. I thought we played our (butts) off."

Tampa Bay believed it should have been playing with a two-goal lead.

It built such an advantage in the first period on goals by Brad Richards and a power-play tally by Dan Boyle. Glen Murray's 17th goal cut it to 2-1 3:40 into the second.

The tumult occurred when Roy appeared to score off a pass from Modin. Despite Stewart's motion indicating the goal was good, replay officials called for a review.

"The distinct (kicking) motion was there," said Denis Morel, who worked the game as an NHL supervisor of officials. "After the distinct kicking motion, the puck hit the post and went in. And that's the reason we disallowed the goal.

"We checked the replay, and that was the conclusion we came to."

Morel said Roy's stick did not touch the puck. Roy disagreed. Press box replays were inconclusive.

"I kind of knocked it with my skate and tipped it in with the end of my stick," Roy said. "I for sure thought it was a goal, guaranteed."

"We all saw it was a goal," defenseman Brad Lukowich said. "We tried to use it as firepower."

So did the Bruins.

"Any time a goal is disallowed, it's a big boost," Grahame said.

"It's a big adrenaline boost. It's like, 'Hey, we'll go after this and get the tie and then get the win."'

Even if it was debatable.


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