Controversial goal dooms Blues in loss to Kings

Controversial goal dooms Blues in loss to Kings

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Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick keeps an eye on St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia as he takes a shot during the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 28, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Scott Bierman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 6:28 PM

(HockeyStL) -- It was a goal worth talking about at the water cooler and will be discussed on local sports talk radio shows.

With 2:43 left in the third period, the Los Angeles Kings scored a go-ahead goal as the St. Louis Blues net was tipped over by Jeff Carter, who was behind the net at the time. Mike Richards was poking at the loose puck near the left post when the tipped-over net appeared to force Jaroslav Halak’s foot away allowing the goal to be scored.

After the 4-2 defeat to the Kings, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock wasn’t given a clear answer except that it would stand as a goal after being reviewed.

“(Referee) said it was a good goal,” Hitchcock said. “Carter pushed the back of the net, pushed Jaro’s foot off the post and Richards jammed it in the post. I don’t know, they’ll have to explain it to you at NHL level. Carter’s motion on the back of the net forced Jaro’s foot off the post and (the puck) went in.”

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Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored the only goals for St. Louis, may have said it best: “sometimes bad things happen.”

Those “bad things” have seemingly been piling onto a frustrated Blues team, who have dropped four of their last five played.

“For us, right now, it’s tough to get that break at the end so late in the game,” Alexander Steen said. “There’s not much really to say. We just got to get back to work and there’s no point in feeling sorry for ourselves.”

The loss put the Blues into the eighth and final playoff spot of the Western Conference and only two points ahead of the ninth-place Nashville Predators.

“Time is running out so we just got to start winning hockey games,” Steen added. “It’s plain and simple really. We just got to do whatever it takes to win the games.”

 

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