NHL Admits They’re Responsible For The Buffalo Sabres Loss
For years, many here in Buffalo and Western New York have assumed there's some sort of mad mojo or a curse, that lingers over the two major sports teams here (the Bills and Sabres).
Whether or not you believe in that sort of thing, there is definitely a body of evidence that supports that Buffalo sports fans have experienced some bad luck over the past 30-40 years. Another example was Friday night at KeyBank Center.
The Sabres were looking to tie the game up, and they thought they had, when New York Rangers goaltender Alexander Georgiev knocked a puck into his own net to seemingly make it 2-2, shortly after Brett Murray scored the Sabres first goal to bring them within one.
However, while the call on the ice said "good goal," the NHL situation room in Toronto wanted to review to make sure the Sabres were onside. It was determined they were not and the goal was disallowed, causing the Sabres to lose in regulation.
But after the game, many correctly said that Sabres defenceman Rasmus Dahlin tagged up in time and that forward Victor Olofsson had not yet touched the puck inside the Rangers zone. The NHL officially admitted their mistake on Saturday.
NHL Senior Executive VP Colin Campbell said that disallowed goal should have counted, because of a lack of clear evidence the Sabres were offside, since the call on the ice was a good goal. There was no explanation as to why the NHL originally waived it off after reviewing it.
The Sabres have every right to be livid after this. What's worse is nothing changes. The Rangers win and the Sabres don't get any points. It's a joke that a professional sports league is capable of this.