Human error, and not a technical glitch, has been deemed the cause of a game-clock delay that allowed the Los Angeles Kings to score a bad goal in the dying seconds of their Feb. 1 home game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Although time would have expired had the clock not paused at 1.8 seconds, Drew Doughty’s power-play goal counted, and the Kings -- a team that would eventually clinch the eighth seed and go on to win the Stanley Cup -- stole a 3-2 regulation victory and a valuable two points in the standings.

The officials in charge of the game clock at Staples Center that night worked for the NHL and not the Kings. It was later pointed out that the Kings’ game clock had delayed before, in the final 10 seconds of L.A.’s Jan. 21 home game versus the Colorado Avalanche.


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