Riley Sheahan (Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
Red Wings center Riley Sheahan scored two goals Sunday night and both were game-winners. The only problem was that no one caught the first goal — not even the league’s video review — until the Detroit broadcast pointed it out after the first intermission.
The NHL’s new review system is all about taking the time necessary to get the call right. That’s why we’ve had delays lasting several minutes on potential offside plays, reviews on goaltender interference and a second look at shots that have come out of the net as fast as they went in. Sunday night, though, Detroit Red Wings winger Riley Sheahan scored a goal that will never be added to his point totals.
Sheahan had picked up a puck in the Anaheim zone midway through the first period Sunday and rifled a seemingly innocuous shot on goal. Sheahan’s wrister managed to get past Ducks goaltender John Gibson, though, but appeared to tip off the crossbar and out of play. The play was whistled dead, but during the commercial break the officials began to review Sheahan’s shot.
"I was a little confused about what we were looking at," Sheahan told the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James.
Turns out they were looking at Sheahan’s seventh goal of the season, but no one knew until the start of the second frame.
Following the first intermission, the Red Wings broadcast showed footage that Sheahan’s shot had actually gone in and found its way through the back of the net. Below is video of the play in real time:
And here’s Fox Sports’ discovery of the puck travelling under the crossbar and through the net:
As Fox Sports’ Ken Daniels said following the play, it was too late for anything to change. The play had happened nearly 10 minutes of game time earlier and intermission had come and gone. There’s no going back and correcting a play that old, no matter what kind of found footage there was.
Sheahan’s goal that wasn’t would have stood up as the game winner, but he rectified the entire situation in the third period. With less than four minutes remaining, Dylan Larkin hit Sheahan with a pass that he one-timed past Gibson to notch the game-winning goal — for the second time in the same game.