Disputed Goal Miffs Hasek, Sabres
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Buffalo goaltender Dominik Hasek lost his cool Friday night, apparently miffed by John LeClair’s questionable goal in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series against Philadelphia.
LeClair blasted a slap shot from Hasek’s left side with 15:07 left in the second period. The puck was shot so hard it was difficult to see how it got past Hasek, but it ended up bouncing around in the net to tie the game at 1-all.
Hasek attacked Keith Primeau after a play in the crease six minutes later, and television replays showed why he was so mad.
A closeup from behind the net showed that LeClair’s goal went in on the outside of the post. Even in slow-motion, the puck was traveling too fast to tell whether it went under the mesh or through it.
``It went in kind of funny, but I’ll take it,″ LeClair said after the second period.
Once it became clear what was going on, it was an ugly reminder of Brett Hull’s disputed goal with his foot in the crease that beat the Sabres in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals last year.
Hasek shook his head in disbelief while taking a swig from his water bottle, then really lost it a few minutes later.
Primeau skated in for a rebound and made pretty innocuous contact with ``The Dominator.″ Hasek chased him out of the crease and started swinging his blocker pad at Primeau’s head. A melee ensued, and Hasek got a roughing penalty.
About this time, Hasek and a teammate _ believed to be Dixon Ward _ also pointed out what appeared to be a hole in the net in the same spot where LeClair’s goal went in. One of the refs repaired it, but it wasn’t clear if the hole had been there already or was made by LeClair’s shot.
The second period ended after Hasek got animated again, pumping his blocker pad and yelling at ref Mick McGeough after Rick Tocchet skated past the crease to poke at a rebound.