Connor McDavid snaps at officiating after controversial goal review

The Oilers’ captain unloaded after the game:



The Edmonton Oilers managed to hold on and get the 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Despite the officiating coming in the way…

Two Edmonton goals were disallowed. First, Connor McDavid’s tally was negated for goaltender interference, but the second one, scored by Zach Hyman, is the one that caused a lot of controversy. In the third period, Hyman’s goal was overturned and disallowed when, after a lengthy review, it was determined that Leon Draisaitl was offside carrying the puck into the zone.

After the game, McDavid was asked about the call and snapped at the controversial officiating.

“If it takes you 15 minutes to determine if it’s offside or not, it probably doesn’t matter,” said McDavid after the game. “I talked to the linesman after; ultimately, it’s not their call, I guess. Obviously, they said it came down from the league.

“You zoom in, you zoom in, you keep zooming in until you can’t zoom in anymore, I guess it’s offside. These are calls that change games, and ultimately, it didn’t go our way. That was a big call; it would’ve really hurt them.

“I thought it should’ve been onside. It’s kind of possession too, right? The argument of possession, that whole debate can start again. It was such a close one. You’d like to see it. I think the NHL uses the analogy ‘dead wrong’… They want it to be clear and obvious, right? That one’s certainly not clean and obvious.”

McDavid’s head coach Kris Knoblauch had a similar response to the review.

“We get about 30 seconds to decide if it’s a good goal or not. I’m not sure how long they get to decide,” said Knoblauch.

“We’re at a little bit of a disadvantage. I’m not going to argue with the outcome of either one of those. It was a tough one, but I’m sure they felt they got the right call.”

I guess it’s easier to swallow that overturned goal when you get away with the win. The Oilers recorded their eighth consecutive win and are now in playoff contention, holding on to the last Wild Card spot in the West.

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