The Flyers were battling, fighting, scratching and clawing to try and tie the game up against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Trailing 2-1 with less than a minute remaining, the Flyers were in a scrum along the near-boards when they fished the puck out and got it to Jake Voracek on the other side of the ice. Voracek threw the puck on net and it was redirected by a crashing Scott Hartnell.
Hartnell’s momentum was taking him to the net as Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov pushed Hartnell into New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur.
Brodeur stopped the shot but never possessed the puck as it fell between his legs and into the net as chaos broke out in front of the New Jersey goaltender. The play was ruled over and the goal was called off.
The Devils would go on to win 2-1 and leave the Flyers, and their fans, with a lousy taste in their mouths.
The NHL explained the situation following the game,
“At 19:20 of the third period in the New Jersey Devils/Philadelphia Flyers game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the New Jersey net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell pushed goaltender Martin Brodeur across the goal line with the puck. According to Rule 78.5 (ix) "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when a goaltender has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a save." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no penalty and no goal Philadelphia.”
It is a tough call and Flyers head coach Craig Berube did not seem to be pointing the finger at the referees following the loss.
“It's a 50/50 play,” Berube told the media. “It could've gone either way. I told you before the refs have a tough job, and they try to do the best they can."
The best they can was simply not good enough on Tuesday night.