Thursday, March 10, 2011

Video: Martin St. Louis Spin-o-rama Clips Hawks, But Was It Legal?

If the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks meet again this season there will be no shootout to decide the outcome, but there was tonight and there was some controversy to it.  Spin-o-rama goals have become a popular way to attempt to score in shootouts and it was the preferred method of Tampa's Martin St. Louis as he came down on Chicago's Corey Crawford.  The move itself and the finish were absolutely beautiful.

Here's the video of the move and the goal:

Where the controversy comes in is at the end of the spin and whether or not St. Louis comes to a stop.  

Here is the rule: 

Rule 25.2: The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion.

After review it was ruled that the motion was continuous and the goal was allowed to stand, though to my eyes it certainly looks like he stops momentarily.

Was it the right call?