NHL admits Briere goal was offside

Danny Briere beats Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on play that should have been whistled offside.
Danny Briere beats Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on play that should have been whistled offside. (YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: April 13, 2012

PITTSBURGH - NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell acknowledged Thursday that linesman Tony Sericolo erred in not whistling Danny Briere offside before he scored in Wednesday's Game 1.

Briere was circling out of the zone and entered before the puck, ultimately scoring the Flyers' first goal of the game on a partial breakway. The play was not blown dead. Sericolo, 43, is a veteran of 862 NHL games since 1998. Wednesday was his sixth career playoff game, according to the NHL officials association website.

"There's no other way to explain it but a missed call," Campbell told the Canadian Press. "We're as upset as Pittsburgh almost. It's a mistake."

The goal began the Flyers' furious comeback - but the Flyers didn't score again until more than a period later. Peter Laviolette said he did not see the video. As far as the Flyers are concerned, it's all even - they believe a botched icing call led to Pittsburgh's third goal.

"That's not why we lost the game," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

"It affected the game," Sidney Crosby said. "But at the end of the day, worrying about it or thinking about it is not going to change anything. It's over."

- Frank Seravalli

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