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POST GAME THOUGHTS: DEVILS 2, FLYERS 1

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 11:18 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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PHILADELPHIA – This game will be discussed for many days to come, because when it gets down to it, if either the Devils sneak into the playoffs by one point or the Flyers miss the playoffs by one point, the way this game ended will be thrust into the spotlight.

The Flyers lost 2-1. A tying goal by Scott Hartnell with 40 seconds left was waved off by referee Tim Kowal. He ruled that Hartnell shoved Devils goalie Martin Brodeur into the net after he had already made a save and therefore, once the puck crossed the goal line, the goal was disallowed.

Many replays proved that call was likely wrong, although at high speed, in the moment, on the ice, it’s understandable why Kowal could make the call he did.

The question is, shouldn’t there be a way of making sure you get it right?

The NHL deserves a lot of credit for being the pioneers in the world of sports instant replay, but they still have a couple instances where they can improve.

Both of them involve common sense.

If a puck is obviously in the net, whether it be under a pad, or under a body part, or somehow, somewhere across the goal line that obstructs the camera’s view, the goal should count, even though you technically can’t see it on replay.

The other is on a play like what happened Tuesday.

The on-ice officials can make the initial call. It’s fine and understandable that sometimes the play is going to happen so fast that the call could be a mistake.

At times like that, regardless of what the call on the ice is, the replay official should have the ability to overrule. Or, like the NFL, the on-ice official can have a chance to see the replay himself to correct his own mistake.

Either way, the goal is to get it right. If the technology exists, why have rules that prevent the use of the technology to correct a mistake on a goal?

I think fans, players and management alike would prefer that the result be accurate and not have to follow a misguided guideline.

But hey, that’s just me.

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NOTES: Scott Hartnell played his 500th career game as a Flyer tonight. He becomes the 31st player to suit up for 500 games as a Flyer.. Nick Grossmann recorded his first goal of the season tonight. It’s his 12th point of the year, which ties a career high set with Dallas in 2008-09…Grossmann’s goal was the 29th by a Flyers defenseman this year… Jakub Voracek recorded an assist on Grossmann’s goal to keep his scoring streak alive at four games. He has three goals and five assists for eight points in that span… In addition to recording his 50th career win against the Flyers tonight, Martin Brodeur recorded his 29th career game of holding the Flyers to one or fewer goals. He has a record of 27-1-1 in those games. (This does not include a game on Jan. 8, 2011 where he played 44 minutes in relief of Johan Hedburg and did not allow a goal. The Flyers won that game 2-1)… Claude Giroux took 32 of the 58 faceoffs in the game tonight and went 22-for-32 (68.8 pct). He also recorded an assist on Grossman’s goal and was credited with 12 shot attempts – three on goal, four that were blocked and five that missed – while leading all players in ice time at 24:35.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

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J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
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R. White 6 1 0 0 1
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