Replay frustration

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Upon further review, the Senators still aren't happy with the NHL's video replay system.

They're still looking for answers why an apparent goal by forward Bryan Smolinski didn't count Wednesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Coach Bryan Murray said the word he got from director of officiating Stephen Walkom was the replay was inconclusive.

"We had a little confrontation. He came over to say hello and that was the first thing I brought up," Murray said yesterday. "He said it was inconclusive. I said we should throw all the video equipment out then, if that was inconclusive.

"We had it frame-by-frame. He said, 'Could you see the puck crossing the goal line?' I felt I could see the puck crossing the goal line. (Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour) batted it as his hand was coming from the very back of the net towards the front. He did hit it, but I felt it was well over the goal line. That's my opinion."

UP IN ARMS

Smolinski started to raise his arms after the play, which would have opened the scoring in a game Ottawa eventually won 3-2 in a shootout.

"All of Canada thinks I scored," he said. "He made an unbelievable save, but I thought it was over the line. I thought it warranted a look."

Murray said he didn't feel like the Senators got equal treatment. A play at the other end later in the game, when a puck was under Senators goaltender Dominik Hasek, seemed to get a lot more scrutiny.

NHL vice-president of hockey operations Mike Murphy said the Smolinski play received its due diligence.

"To call that a goal, we would have had to be able to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs and tell them we had conclusive evidence the puck was in the net," he said. "We couldn't do that. We looked at it right away. We talked to the video people and we all agreed we couldn't call this a goal."


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