Different game, same story for the St. Louis Blues in their 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
For the second time in as many games, the Blues had a goal disallowed at a critical juncture of the game, and this time, the marker would have been the game winner. Both times, the play was blown dead, even though the puck was in the goal and the goaltender didn't have possession. These plays are "unrevieweable," so of course, even if the referee knows he made a mistake, there's nothing he can do, which really doesn't make much sense.
Even though the Blues had the benefit of two late powerplays with some five on three time, this is still completely insane. Yes, the Blues should have converted on those opportunities, and I'm not making excuses. But the fact is, after regulation play, the Blues should have won 3-2.
I don't normally whine about the officiating. Mick McGeough has taught me that I should be happy when the refs are merely mediocre. But this was a critical two points for both teams, and the officials blew it. I can't stand it when a blatantly bad call taints the outcome of a game. Sure, there are a ton of non-existent penalties, but when the entire course of a game turns on a bad penalty or a misruling on a goal, it really grinds my gears.
Now instead of gaining two points on a rival playoff contender, the Blues are another point down.
The Blues played one of the best games I've seen them play in a while. Legace was back in form, and our futile powerplay, despite its failings in the third period, managed to convert for a goal. This Blues loss was not for lack of effort.
Luongo played an unbelieveable third period to keep the Canucks in the game, most notably with his crazy save on Brad Boyes with less than ten minutes in the third period.
But still, the blown call leaves a bad taste in my mouth.