Bolts' Cooper questions the legality of Kadri's winner

Bolts’ Cooper questions the legality of Kadri’s winner

TAMPA, Florida – Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Cooper gave a brief, tense press conference after their defeat in the fourth game of the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday night, during which he questioned the legality of Colorado Avalanche’s winning goal by Nazem Kadri in overtime.

Cooper thought for a moment about his love for the NHL and his team’s path to consecutive Stanley Cup championships, before focusing on Kadri’s goal in the 12:02 overtime, giving Avalanche a 3-1 lead in the series.

“This one will hurt a lot more than the others, just because he took it … it’s potential … I don’t know … it’s hard for me. It will be difficult for me to speak. I’ll have to talk. “I’ll talk to you tomorrow,” he said. “You’ll see what I mean when you see the winning goal. And my heart breaks for the players. Because we probably still have to play.”

Cooper justified himself after a single question.

After the game, it was speculated that Lightning thought Avalanche had six skaters on the ice before the winning goal was scored. There were camera angles showing six Colorado skaters on ice as Kadri collected a dog, slid into the zone and beat goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky for a 3-2 victory.

The question was whether Nathan McKinnon was close enough to the Avalanche bench to be considered a “retired player” when his teammate jumped on the ice and started playing. The skaters must be at a distance of 5 feet from the bench and out of the game before the change is made.

“Too many men on the ice is a verdict that can be handed down by any of the four officials on the ice,” NHL Hockey Operations said in a statement. “After the game, Hockey Operations met with four officials, as is their usual protocol. In talking about the winning goal, each of the four officials said they didn’t see too many people on the ice at the game.”

Too many people on the ice fouls cannot be inspected, even when a goal is scored.

Encouraging conspiracy theories: The NHL handed out a record to media outlets that had six skaters on the list for Avalanche in Kadri’s game winner, and then edited that record to list five skaters online.

The NHL announced that the additional player, defensive player Eric Johnson, may have ended up in the starting minutes because the players jumped off the bench in celebration after Kadri scored a goal.

Kadri seemed confused because of Cooper’s trouble after the game.

“I’m not sure what he really was, what he thought why it shouldn’t have been counted. It confuses me a bit,” said Kadri, who played in his first game in the series after going through the thumb of surgery in the Western finals. conferences. “He hit the back of the net again, the end of the story, so I’m not sure why he would say that.

Cooper started his press conference by talking about the quick start of his team, before he quickly realized how difficult the Lightning championship series is, at the same time criticizing the salary limit system in the NHL.

“You know, I love this league. It is the biggest league in the world. The people who run it are amazing. Everything about it. It’s like a dream come true for me, especially since I’m a child from Canada when I was growing up and everything that happened, “he said.

“You know, I was part of some heartbreaking losses and defeats of the teams that knocked us out, and I was with a group that just fights, fights and fights. And they made their way to the third final of the Stanley Cup in a row. . And in the era of hats when … when it’s so damn hard and the rules are set against you because the league wants parity. And I love it in the league. And that’s what makes it harder. And just look at this team, what they went through and the fight that continues. And we are all in this together. Players, coaches, referees, everyone. “

The fifth game is played on Friday night in Denver. Teams with a 3-1 lead in the best of seven have an all-time record of 298-31 (.906), including a 2-1 (.667) shot in 2022 and 35-1 (.972) in the Stanley Cup final.

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