Lost in the heat and light of the fireworks in Vancouver Saturday night is a bigger and more worrisome issue with which the NHL will have to deal.
There hasn't been a much more obvious blown call than the one which allowed a Detroit Red Wings goal in the waning seconds of their game against the Los Angeles Kings, also Saturday night. A shot by Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall deflected off the stick of Kings forward Jarrett Stoll, hit the protective netting (almost at the top) and then dropped about three stories down off the back of L.A. goaltender Jonathan Quick and into the net.
The play should have been stopped, of course, when the puck hit the net.
How the four on-ice officials could miss that is almost beyond comprehension, but the goal, which tied the game with 26 seconds left in the third period, stood and the Wings went on to win in a shootout.