Ain't that a kicker, Tomas?

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Tomas Vokoun has played a little soccer, so he knows a kicking motion when he sees one.

On Sunday, the Florida Panthers goaltender was left wondering how Shawn Horcoff’s goal in the second period was allowed to stand.

“I don’t know what else is a kicking motion if that’s not,” said Vokoun. “I don’t know with this rule. Obviously they want more goals, and they are counting everything.

“But I think it should have been no goal, but then again, it didn’t surprise me that they did call it a goal.”

In the second period, with the Oilers up by a goal, Horcoff took a centring pass from Taylor Hall and side-footed the puck past Vokoun.

Replays clearly showed the Oilers centre lifting his foot and nudging the puck forward with his skate. However, after a review, the goal went on to count, proving to be the eventual winner.

“It looked like a kick to me,” said Panthers head coach Peter DeBoer. “The interpretation of that rule, I don’t understand.

“I don’t know if you have to take a punter’s kick at it in order for it not to count, but that’s what the league gets paid to do, make those decisions and we have to live with them.”

The goal accentuated what had already been a tough night for Vokoun.

He didn’t have much work in the first period as the Panthers outshot the Oilers 11-3.

He then gave up three goals on three shots in the second as Dustin Penner and then Ryan Jones redirected shots in front that found the corner of the net.

Horcoff’s clinical soccer finish gave the Oilers three goals on six shots in the contest.

“There’s not much you can do,” Vokoun said. “One was a good deflection, the other the guy didn’t even know it hit his stick and the third goes in off the skate.

“It’s tough, I think we played well, we were the better team the whole game, we just didn’t have any good fortune (Sunday) night.”

In total, the Panthers conceded just 13 shots to the Oilers, while firing 28 in the direction of Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

“It was a scrambley night, they didn’t have a lot of shots,” Vokoun said. “For goalies those are the toughest games to play. You get a couple of bad bounces and you don’t really have a lot of chances to make up for it, because you don’t get any shots. It was a tough night.”

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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