"The way we've always handled it and the way we will continue to handle it until we have a procedure change is the referees call on the ice stands. He sees the shot and he sees the save and doesn't see the puck in the net and kills the play or blows the whistle," Murphy said. "It's not when you hear the whistle blow, it's when he intends to blow the whistle. There is a little bit of a gray area there between when he intends and when the whistle sounds.
"In this case Dennis LaRue was clear with what he saw and clear with what he interpreted and that was, 'I had killed the play before the puck entered the net.' When we scrutinize it and go through video review I think everybody would concede that the puck was in the net, and Dennis didn't see that unfortunately."
That's Senior VP of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy, sounding more like Larry Murphy trying to explain long division.
Last year, when many of us were introduced to "Intent to Blow" during the Anaheim series, I could at least process it, kind of. I could see that Brad Watson had already imagined the play to be dead, and because there hasn't been an invention yet that magically allows for a whistle to blow simultaneously as a referee thinks it, they want what's in the ref's brain to be the dictator of the action. I think that's fucking stupid, but I can at least understand what they're saying without agreeing with it.
In this case, Dennis LaRue unintentionally* makes up something in his head that didn't actually happen, which is apples-to-oranges in comparison to the Watson Saga: he concluded that Auld made a save with his left pad, the puck was under it, and the play was dead.
* (I don't own a tin foil hat)
Here's my favorite part: According to Murphy's explination of how these matters are handled, somebody in Toronto (probably this guy) saw what happened and said, "Whoooaa, fellas, looks like we had one slip by Dennis, let's give him a call"; then they tell him how the reality of things was actually the opposite of what LaRue interpreted; and then LaRue -- with an opportunity to see or be told that no save occured in the first place -- overrules everything by claiming that what he imagined to have happened initially holds greater power than what actually happened.