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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Ryan Strome credited with SH goal - a day later

Ryan Strome was indeed credited with a SH goal in last night's game (his first career shorty)-- the change was made by the NHL earlier today.

To recap, Kyle Turris was penalized at 19:07 of 2nd period and Strome scored at 1:07 of the third (exactly 2 minutes later).  Goal scored exactly 2 minutes after a penalty starts are not considered to be a power play goal and if no other penalties had occurred this would have been credited as a 5-on-5 goal. 

However, Nick Leddy was in the box for the Isles (penalty at 19:38).  Thus the Islanders only had 4 skaters to Ottawa's 5, and it should  (and eventually was) credited as the Islanders' 5th SH goal of the season (tying Toronto & Los Angeles for the NHL lead).  All 5 shorties have been scored at home.

It becomes a tough minus-1 for Turris -- he was still sitting in the penalty box when it happened!  The clocks do not sync, so the penalty time does not tick at the precise tenth of a second that the game clock does.  This can frequently lead to players being released when a whistle occurs and :01 is left on a penalty.  How it said :02 I can not explain, unless the penalty clock starts a bit behind the game clock at the start of the period as well.  These two "bits" could add up to :02 on the scoreboard. (Remember :02 means anywhere from :01.0001 to :02.)

This is at least the 3rd timing issue in NY this season  -- Frans Nielsen's hat trick goal vs Dallas, into an empty net at 19:59.9 should never have happened -- three seconds were put back on the clock after an icing late in the game - video showed that was at least 1 full second too much.  See here:  NYISkinny: Eric Hornick's Blog: Nielsen's First Hat -- but should it have happened?

The Rangers were credited with a pair of goals :04 apart against the Sharks at MSG in October -- but when they reset the clock after the first goal (video review), they didn't adjust the official scoring; the goals were actually about 6 or 7 seconds apart.

But, to sum up the first 30% of the season -- Ryan Strome was credited with a shorthanded goal on a day he didn't even play (today).  The scoring change actually deprived the Isles of their first 4-on-4 goal of the season.  Thomas Hickey got that was credited with that one instead (the other two OT goals for the Isles this sesason were both PP goals).
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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