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Leon Draisaitl scores the most controversial goal of the playoffs


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Julien Trekker
May 2, 2024  (2:40 PM)
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Edmonton Oilers' forward Leon Draisaitl scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings.
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The Edmonton Oilers' forward Leon Draisaitl scored the most controversial goal of the playoffs last night as his team eliminated the Los Angeles Kings in game 5.

In a powerplay, he managed to beat the Kings' goalie David Rittich with a powerful one-timer. Rittich made the save with his glove, but after a review, it was determined that the puck crossed the goal line, inside Rittich's glove.
Watch how it happened in the video below:
The Sportsnet panel debated about the NHL's decision to allow the goal, explaining why it was allowed.
With a certain angle, it's clear that the puck does cross the line, without a doubt.
Here's what Elliotte Friedman said, raising an interesting point that highlights the video reviews' issues:
" Watch this. This will convince you that it's in. You can see the puck in the webbing.

So my question is, why would a goalie use white webbing or a white glove? Why wouldn't you just use black and then you might not be able to tell that that puck is in the net.

Well, I think every goalie watching this is probably asking the same question and looking at their gloves. Because if you can't see the black puck in a black glove or black webbing, it's not conclusive."

Considering that the Oilers won by one goal, this decision had a big impact on the outcome of the game.
Rittich, who came in after three underwhelming performances in the start of the series, did a great job in game 4, allowing only one goal to the Oilers, but couldn't keep that level in game 5.
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