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LA clock controversy

by Jason Johnson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- In a contest between the Los Angeles Kings and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, Drew Doughty scored the game-winning-goal with just four-tenths of a second remaining in the final period.

A video of the goal shows that the clock paused, momentarily, with 1.8 seconds remaining, just before Doughty's tally.

In a statement issued Thursday, the NHL said "the League has begun a thorough review into the matter."

Flames general manager Jay Feaster commented on the matter Thursday morning.

“It is our understanding the NHL is already investigating this matter."  Feaster said. "Moreover, as Colin Campbell was quoted as saying, once the game is over it is over. There is nothing the NHL is going to do, or can do, to correct the situation if, indeed, there was a mistake made in that game. "

"Rather than crying over what happened in a game in which we did not take part, our time and energies are devoted to our own team and doing everything we can to win the games we play and in so doing qualify for the post-season. We sincerely believe that is a much better and more efficient use of our time and effort.”

Defenceman Chris Butler chimed in on the topic after practice.

"With our position in the standings right now, it's easy to look at the standings every day and say 'We're chasing this team,' or 'We're chasing that team.' But at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what they do. If we're not taking care of winning games and playing well and getting ourselves ready for this stretch, then it's our own fault."

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