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NHL admits error in disallowing Sabres’ goal vs. Rangers

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Dec 10, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA;  Buffalo Sabres right wing Victor Olofsson (71) tries to block a pass by New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Victor Olofsson (71) tries to block a pass by New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL admitted it made the wrong call in disallowing the Buffalo Sabres’ tying goal with 57 seconds remaining in the third period of their 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday.

NHL Senior Executive Vice President Colin Campbell issued a statement released by the league on Saturday:

“The original call on the ice, ‘good goal,’ should have stood because video replay could not definitively determine that the stick of Buffalo Player Victor Olofsson touched the puck before Rasmus Dahlin tagged up. In instances when video replay cannot definitively determine a play, League policy is to stay with the original call on the ice.”

Sabres coach Don Granato said after the game he had asked officials if they could further review if Dahlin had successfully tagged up. He said the NHL had made its decision.

“I can’t have emotion in it. I can’t think about it,” Granato said. “There’s certain things that are out of your control and you just play. You just trust that the league knows what they’re doing and you move on.”

The Sabres (8-15-3) have lost six in a row (0-5-1) heading into a home game versus the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

–Field Level Media