Irate after a video review failed to overturn a second-period goal by the Phoenix Coyotes, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi and coach Terry Murray publicly called out the NHL review crew in Toronto after the Kings' 2-0 loss to the Coyotes.
The disputed play took place 8:48 into the second period of a then-scoreless game. Phoenix's Martin Hanzal, stationed in front the net, lifted his stick and knocked the puck out of the air and past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick
On-ice officials immediately called it a good goal, and after a video review of more than five minutes, the crew in Toronto, led by Mike Murphy, the NHL's senior vice president of hockey operations, ruled that the goal would stand.
"When the guy in Toronto making the decisions on the goals, in Ottawa and the one tonight, wanted the G.M.'s job in L.A. and was not happy about not getting it, you have to assume you are going to get those type of calls,'' Lombardi said. "However, we have put ourselves in a position where these calls have a monumental effect on our season, and we're going to have to find a way out of it ourselves.''
Lombardi's reference to Ottawa was to the Kings' Nov. 22 game against the Senators in Ottawa, in which on-ice officials waved off Ryan Smyth's potential game-tying goal, with three seconds remaining in the third period, and the video-review crew in Toronto did not rule it a good goal.
Murphy, a former NHL winger, played nine seasons for the Kings in the 1970s and 80s, then served as an assistant coach and head coach for parts of two seasons in the late 80s. During the game, Murphy told Kings television analyst Jim Fox that there was no conclusive replay that would have overturned the goal. Murphy, according to Fox, said that the crew in Toronto never saw the puck conclusively hit Hanzel's stick and that all of the on-ice officials agreed on the goal call.
Murray also expressed his frustration after the game.
"I don't know why we have video replay in the National Hockey League,'' Murray said. "That's all I can say. If the replay is there for review of goals and non-goals… I don't know. You've got a guy who gets credit for the goal. He's 6-foot-6, and the stick is up above his head. Matt Greene
is 6-3, and he's batting the puck down his his hand beside his ear, and the net is four feet high. It doesn't add up.
"It makes no sense. No sense. How does it get called on the ice a goal, first of all, and then how does the replay hold it up? I don't know. I don't have an answer.''
Murray was asked if he got an explanation from the on-ice officials.
``They don't come near you,'' Murray said.