A night before they are tasked with taking on the red hot Florida Panthers, the Ottawa Senators found themselves at the mercy of the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.
Already up 3-1 as the 2nd period was coming to a close, Devils’ forward Damien Brunner pulled off a move that would quell any thoughts of a potential Senators’ comeback.
Attempting to corral a bouncing puck in his own zone, Senators’ defenseman Jared Cowen was caught off guard as Brunner separated him from both the puck and his stick. After acquiring the puck, Brunner used several dekes to slip a sneaky backhand past a helpless Robin Lehner in net. The Devils would go on to win by a final score of 5-2 as the Senators continue to slide down the Eastern Conference standings.
While there is no doubt that Brunner’s goal was both an impressive display of athleticism and the final nail in the Senators’ coffin, a question does arise after several viewings of the play – should the goal have counted?
Was it a clean goal or did a slash by Brunner go unnoticed by officials?
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