Second look at Logan Couture’s shootout non-goal against Dallas goaltender Andrew Raycroft

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - Save & Share - One Comment

San Jose Sharks Dallas Stars OT shootout goal Logan Couture Andrew Raycroft

The San Jose Sharks lost the ability to move into first place in the Pacific Division when the Dallas Stars took them to overtime on Monday night. Trying to get the critical extra divisional point in the overtime shootout, rookie Logan Couture opened the skills competition with a hard forehand deke to backhand 5-hole move than flummoxed backup Dallas Stars goaltender Andrew Raycroft. Raycroft snapped shut his leg pads as the puck pinballed behind him, but momentum carried him a foot and a half into the net. The referee could not see the puck, and after a video review the shootout attempt was ruled a no-goal.

“I knew it was in,” Logan Couture told the media after the game. “I went to my backhand and he was beat. He was over the line, but if the ref can’t see it or the camera can’t see it, it’s not going to count. I was hoping there was an opening for the camera to see it because I knew it was in, but there wasn’t.”

Jamie Benn would add an overtime shootout goal to go with his first period even strength tally, and Brad Richards would snap a shootout attempt from 14 feet out that beat Antti Niemi and earned the Stars a 3-2 OT shootout win in San Jose. Joe Pavelski also registered a shootout goal, foregoing the usual “Pavelski move” for a straight wrist shot.

The Sharks upped their overtime record this season to 3-4 on Saturday, when an early referee whistle disallowed a clear goal by Chicaco Blackhawks forward Jack Skille. Monday night’s overtime shootout loss to the Stars was the first for the Sharks this season, dropping their shootout record to 2-1 this year. The Dallas Stars excellence in extra time has helped them stay at the top of the toughest division in the NHL. The Stars are 6-2 in overtime, and 4-2 in the overtime shootout. San Jose travels to Nashville on Wednesday, before returning to Dallas for a highly anticipated rematch a day later.

Comcast cut off the above Raycroft replay a little early, the Dallas goaltender actually slid slightly further back into the net.

[Update] Couture’s Shot Hides Under The Pads, No Evidence Backed Up Sharks Thoughts –

[Update2] Injured Murray to travel with team — and a bird’s-eye view of the shootout goal that wasn’t – David Pollak’s Working the Corners blog.

[Update3] Observations from a 3-2 (SO) win – Mike Heika for the Dallas Morning News Starsblog.

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