<<To the referee's eye, mind and perspective Thomas Vanek did NOT use a "distinct kicking motion" to propel the puck past Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak and score the game-winning goal in overtime. This was another example
of an "officiating decision" made correctly on the ice that was
overturned by "non-officiating personnel" that staff the Situation Room
on a nightly basis. (NFL and MLB employ and empower referees/umpires to
make final video review decisions).
If there has been a "distinct" change in the criteria that the Situation
Room employs in rendering their exclusive decisions, perhaps it is time
they advise the rest of the hockey world! Until that takes place... this decision will be viewed by most as "simply a bad call by
the guys in Toronto!"
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