The Texas Stars outshot the Admirals 18-10 in the 3rd period, and then scored on a controversial goal 17 seconds into overtime, giving them a 3-2 win at the Bradley Center Saturday night.
After making an initial save, Admirals goaltender Chet Pickard was bowled over by Greg Rallo. With the puck just in front of the crease, Travis Morin had the easy tap-in to win the game for the Stars.
Pickard remained on the ice for a few minutes being treated by the athletic trainer, but was able to skate off on his own power.
There are two schools of thought on that play. I’ll star with Coach Lambert’s take.
“You know what’s funny? What’s funny is that we have a ref who misses that, and I’m the guy that’s going to get fined. That’s frickin hilarious. What a joke. They should fine HIM. He should be fined.
“Apparently they explained it to my captain, but what’s there to explain? It’s clearly goalie interference. There is no excuse for missing the call.”
What did referee Joe Sullivan explain to Brett Palin? The explanation was that Rallo was engaged with Teemu Laakso, and Laakso helped bowl Rallo into Pickard.
Like it or not, right or wrong, that was the story on the overtime goal. (We’ll solicit your thoughts at the end of the post….)
Unlike the last two games, the Admirals stayed out of the penalty box in the first two minutes, and they were actually the ones to score an early goal. Grant Lewis, who was playing because the team elected to dress seven defensemen, was pinching down, and his bad-angle shot from the bottom of the far face-off dot beat Stars goalie Tyler Beskorowany.
The score remained that way until the 3rd period. The Admirals found themselves in penalty trouble at the start of the frame, and the Stars were able to put a lot of shots on goal. But the PK units were very strong, Chet was in position, and both were a bit lucky at times. While the Stars didn’t score on the PP, their momentum kept the Admirals on their heels for most of the period.
The Stars’ first goal was scored by Colton Sceviour. After Pickard made the initial save, the puck was bouncing by near post. Sceviour was able to score before Chet could get back to that side of the net.
2:23 later, the Stars took the lead on an all-around poor play by Chet. The puck came on net harmlessly, and Chet hesitated for a moment deciding whether to play it or freeze it. He elected it to play it up the boards to his left. Forward Sean Backman fired what seemed to be a harmless shot from just inside the Subway logo in front of the blue line. That shot beat Pickard. Don’t think he was screened. This long-shot problem isn’t new, and hasn’t gone away since we last saw him.
Aside from that second goal, Chet played very well, and played with poise under fire. He deserved a better fate. (although, I think the 2nd goal he allowed should have taken him out of the 3 stars voting. Dave Boehler and I didn’t vote for him….somehow he was the #1 star? Odd.)
But the Admirals showed some character, and had the best chances over the last six and a half minutes of the game. Gabriel Bourque converted on one of those chances, deflecting a Jon Blum shot past Beskorowany with 3:58 to play.
– Thuresson was better….but now 21 games in a row without a goal.
– Jamie Lundmark got hosed on a roughing minor in third period. Basically, he went to the box for hanging out in front of the crease. Blake Geoffrion did come to his defense, and that was nice to see. I think Sullivan got the wrong guy for roughing. It ended up being coincidental minors, and nothing came of the 4-on-4 time.
– Mark Santorelli scratched for a second straight game. Ryan Flynn also scratched.
– Mike Barlett with two assists on the night.
– Lane was given a game misconduct, listed as 39.5 ii on the box score.
ITEM FOR DISCUSSION:
Quick turnaround for tomorrow…so we’ll be brief here. Feel free to talk about any part of the game, but what I really want to know is what you thought of the bang-bang play surrounding the game winning goal. Did Laakso force Rallo into Chet? Did Rallo not really make much of an effort to avoid Chet? Should the referee be fined? Did the ref get the call right?
See you tomorrow.