The Flyers are grasping on to the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils did not help things especially considering the Flyers believed they had scored the game-tying goal with 40 seconds remaining in the third period. The NHL explained why the goal was waived off but that didn’t make it any easier to swallow.
To the surprise of no one, the Devils thought the correct call was made. Of course they did, did you really think they would admit the referees blew the call?
Goaltender Martin Brodeur was especially happy referees Tom Kowal and Mark Lemelin made the call.
“I’m sure anyone from the Flyers’ side thinks it wasn’t the right call,” Brodeur said following his 50th career win against Philadelphia. “As a goalie I think it’s something that, when you try to make a save, you don’t want anyone to push you to put the puck into the net at the same time.
“I’m not saying that he did it purposely. I think his momentum threw him into me, but it really prevented me. It didn’t warrant a penalty and that’s why they didn’t give him a penalty. I think it’s the right call.”
The defenseman who was battling for position with Scott Hartnell, Anton Volchenkov, was more cut-and-dry about it.
“I didn’t really push him,” Volchenkov said. “It was a little bit of interference against the goalie. It was no goal.”
Flyers forward Jakub Voracek was animated following the game.
“I don’t know if they even blew the whistle,” Voracek explained getting more animated by the second. “Like I don’t know what was the call. I mean he didn’t have it covered. The puck was under him but for what a split second? I mean how with the playoffs on the line to make a call like that. It’s f-----g incredible, sorry for the language but it’s a joke.”
Devils coach Pete DeBoer was short and sweet.
“I thought it was the right call.”
And so did Kowal and Lemelin and that’s all that matters now.