The Dallas Stars haven't needed to use their coach's challenge for the first 11 games of the regular season, but that changed Monday night in Toronto when the eagle-eyes video staff caught something on what appeared to be Brad Boyes second goal of the first period.
About 30 seconds before Boyes picked up the rebound of a shot and tucked it around Antti Niemi's right pad, Byron Froese had bumbled the puck into the zone, trying to control a bouncing puck off the stick of Jason Demers.
And as the video shows, he was ever so very slightly ahead of the puck going into the zone.
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another look pic.twitter.com/HpObkt4pBE— Stephanie (@myregularface) November 3, 2015
It was ridiculously close and not the main problem on the play at all (though numbers coming right back at the Stars on a line change certainly didn't help matters). Johnny Oduya got complete possession of the puck before making a centering pass right to a Leafs player. But it was all for naught because the zone entry itself was, indeed, offside.
The overturn makes the Stars 1-for-1 in their own challenges and 1-for-2 of challenges they've been involved with, as the Florida Panthers challenged a no-goal because of goalie interference call early in the season that was eventually overturned.
But really, this is the most important takeaway so far:
Lindy finally wins the important #NoGoal call 16 years later.— Audrey (@lifeasasleeper) November 3, 2015