Video Review Dooms The Buffalo Sabres Again
For the third time this season the Buffalo Sabres had a goal taken away following a coach's review. All three times it was because the Sabres were offside entering the offensive zone before the goal was scored. The calls were correct, but it's pretty frustrating when it happens especially in a league where they're trying to increase scoring.
Tuesday night it appeared the Sabres had tied the game against the Dallas Stars late in the third period on back to back power play goals about a minute apart. But the goal credited to Sam Reinhart was taken off the board when Dallas coach Lindy Ruff challenged the play claiming the play was offside. Video review showed it was. The goal was taken away and the game was put away a few minutes later when the Stars scored into an empty net for a 3-1 win.
Dallas opened the scoring less than a minute from the opening faceoff on a mix-up in front of the Buffalo net. The Sabres spent the rest of the game trying to get that goal back. The Stars were leading 2-0 when Ryan O'Reilly scored on the power play to cut the lead in half 2-1 and the crowd at First Niagara Center erupted when Reinhart found the net moments later. The joy lasted about a minute until the referee announced the goal was being challenged.
Too bad video review wasn't around about 16 years ago when the Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup on a controversial goal against the Sabres.
The Sabres play in St. Louis on Thursday night.