The Vancouver Canucks extended their season with a 2-1 win over the Vegas Black Knights on Tuesday night, but some sports bettors are arguing that Bo Horvat should have been given credit for an empty net buzzer-beater that would have made the scoreline 3-1.
Horvat, who leads all scorers in the playoffs with nine goals, turned and shot from the blue line with under a second remaining, and found the back of the net just as time expired. According to the NBCSN broadcast graphic – which is not official – the puck could clearly be seen across the line with time left on the clock. The shot also appeared to cross the line before the green light behind the goal was lit at the end of the period, or before the horn sounded.
The clock on the Sportsnet broadcast was well off the NBC graphic, though, and showed that time clearly expired before the shot arrived at the goal line.
More footage showing an overhead camera synced up with the official NHL showed that the puck was in the crease as time expired, but had not crossed the line.
In any event, the goal was not counted, and the Canucks officially won the game 2-1 instead of 3-1 – which cost some bettors a lot of people money.