Patrik Berglund scores controversial game-winning goal to lead Blues over Lightning

Video review washes out kicked-in goals on a regular basis, but there was a rare scene in Tampa Bay Sunday when video review turned what was initially ruled no goal into the game-winning marker in the Blues’ 2-1 win over the Lightning.

The St. Louis Blues escaped Tampa Bay with a 2-1 victory Sunday night, and they have Patrik Berglund’s right foot — and some great goaltending from Brian Elliott — to thank.

Berglund, who scored the game winning tally, didn’t did so without some controversy. With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Berglund shot ahead on a breakaway. Berglund’s initial shot was stopped by Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, but the Blues winger followed the rebound and used his skates to propel the puck past Bishop.

Berglund believed he had scored to extend St. Louis lead to 2-0, but referee Chris Lee immediately — and emphatically — signalled the goal didn’t count. However, after review, Lee reversed his decision and awarded the tally to Berglund:

It’s not uncommon to see a goal overturned because it was ruled to have been kicked in, but it’s incredibly rare a goal is waived off because it was ruled to have been kicked in only for review to reveal it was actually a good goal.

According to the NHL, “ video review determined that the puck deflected off of Patrik Berglund’s skate and entered the Tampa Bay net in a legal fashion.” The league cited Rule 49.2, which states that any puck that deflects off of a skate of a player who “does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal.”

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Because of the way Berglund knocked the puck into the net, it didn’t appear the goal would count. His leg extends outward — or, as Blues analyst Darren Pang said, Berglund gives a “second little push-off” — and the puck is then propelled forward and between Bishop’s legs. There was the possibility for Berglund’s stopping motion to be ruled a kick, however Lee’s review lead him to overturn his initial call.

The call ended up having more impact than just an insurance marker for the Blues, too. Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning with 52 seconds remaining in the game and Berglund’s goal then stood as the game-deciding goal.