As the Boston Bruins tried frantically to the tie score in the waning moments of Game 4, something strange happened. With 10.4 seconds left, the clock at Verizon Center did not start when the puck was dropped for a faceoff.
Washington Capitals play-by-play man Joe Beninati made light of it right away, and the clock started moving shortly after. And while the Bruins did not manage to get a goal, it looked like they got a valuable few seconds.
But the NHL released a statement late Thursday night saying it was “immediately” aware of the situation. Here is the entire text of the statement from senior vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy:
“With 9.5 seconds remaining in the third period, there was a stoppage and resulting face-off in the Washington zone. During the stoppage, the game clock operator and Series Manager determined that 0.9 seconds should have been added to the time remaining in the third period and attempted to contact the on-ice officials to delay the puck drop to accommodate making the necessary clock adjustment to 10.4 seconds remaining.
“The off-ice officials were not able to attract the attention of the referees or linesmen despite sounding the horn, which was not audible due to crowd noise, and the puck was dropped.
“The NHL Situation Room in Toronto immediately was aware that the clock had not started for 5.3 seconds after the face-off and, therefore, would have disallowed a goal scored with 5.3 seconds or less showing on the clock.”