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Knoblauch, Oilers successfully challenge for offsides, wiping out apparent Panthers goal

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Knoblauch, Oilers successfully challenge for offsides, wiping out apparent Panthers goal
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Knoblauch, Oilers successfully challenge for offsides, wiping out apparent Panthers goal

2024-06-22 12:27 Last Updated At:12:30

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Kris Knoblauch continues to make all the right moves on the Edmonton Oilers' run to the Stanley Cup Final.

The coach who took over in November successfully challenged a goal by the Florida Panthers at a crucial juncture of Game 6 of the final. The offside call took a goal by Aleksander Barkov off the board 10 seconds after Adam Henrique scored to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead, a turning point in the game they won 5-1.

“The offside call, it’s a nice break to go our way, for sure,” forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "At the end of the day, he’s got to make the call, so it’s probably a little stressful to make that call at that time of game.”

Officials in consultation with the NHL’s situation room in Toronto found Sam Reinhart was in the zone maybe an inch before Barkov carried it in. The sellout crowd of over 18,000 roared when Chris Rooney announced that the play was offside and waved off the goal.

“I actually didn’t think it was that close,” Knoblauch said. “In my mind it was definitely offside, but I guess you never know. It was something I wanted to challenge almost immediately when I saw it.”

Knoblauch all playoffs has pushed the right buttons, whether it be a goaltending change in the second round or tweaking his lineup throughout. Had the challenge been unsuccessful, by league rules Edmonton would have gotten a two-minute minor penalty and put Florida on the power play with the chance to tie it.

“It was very tight," center Leon Draistailt said. "I personally thought it was the right call, but you never know. Knobber has the right touch. He knows what he’s doing, and he seems to make the right decisions a lot more often than not. That was a big one.”

Knoblauch credited video coach Noah Segall and video and coaching analytics coordinator Mike Fanelli for their role in the decision.

"The guys in the back room, I’ve sat back there and watched them do their job," defenseman Darnell Nurse said. "They’re so to the point and analyzing everything. Obviously, they were very confident and they made the right call. It was a huge point for us.”

Panthers coach Paul Maurice did little to hide his disbelief when the goal was taken down, screaming at officials from his spot behind the Florida bench. Afterward, he said he was upset initially because he did not see the angle that the league and officials got to overturn the goal.

“The linesperson informed it was the last clip that they got where they made the decision that it shows it’s offside,” Maurice said. “I don’t know what the Oilers get. I don’t know what the league gets. I just know that when I would have had to have challenged that based on what I saw, I would not have challenged. I’m not saying it’s not offside. We’ll get still frames, we’ll bring in the CIA and we’ll figure it out, but in the 30 seconds that I would have made that call, I would not have challenged it.”

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Edmonton Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch gestures during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Florida Panthers, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch gestures during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Florida Panthers, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice yells after a Panthers goal was disallowed for offsides, during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice yells after a Panthers goal was disallowed for offsides, during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch speaks during a news conference following Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Sunrise, Fla. The Oilers defeated the Panthers 5-3. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Edmonton Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch speaks during a news conference following Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Sunrise, Fla. The Oilers defeated the Panthers 5-3. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The puck drops as the Florida Panthers play against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

The puck drops as the Florida Panthers play against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

MUNICH (AP) — Former Germany and Bayern Munich defender Jérôme Boateng was convicted Friday of causing bodily harm to his former partner and was handed a suspended fine and a warning as a years-long domestic abuse case came to an end.

Judge Susanne Hemmerich, who presided over a retrial that started last month, said Boateng will only have to pay a fine of 200,000 euros ($220,000) if he commits another offense. However, as part of the conditions for the sentence he has to pay 50,000 euros ($55,000) each to two children’s charities.

Hemmerich had halted the proceedings on the first day of the trial, urging both parties to find an agreement to spare the former couple's two daughters from the public scrutiny surrounding the case.

“The real victims in this case are the children in my opinion,” Hemmerich said Friday in comments reported by news agency dpa.

It was the fourth time Boateng went on trial on the same charges of assault against his former partner Sherin Senler. Boateng has always denied the charges.

The charges against Boateng were first brought in 2019. Boateng denied hitting and injuring Senler in July 2018 when they were on vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In September 2021, Boateng was found guilty of domestic violence against Senler and ordered to pay a fine of 1.8 million euros, the highest possible financial damages that could be imposed by the Munich District Court. In November 2022, he was convicted of assault and ordered to pay 1.2 million euros to Senler, but that decision was overturned at a regional court because of legal errors and the process had to be restarted.

Boateng also faces allegations of assault against another former girlfriend, Kasia Lenhardt, in 2019. The investigation was closed in 2020 after Lenhardt decided not to provide any more incriminating statements, but it was reopened following her death in February 2021 when authorities received new information from police. Lenhardt, a model, was found dead in a Berlin apartment. Police said they found no evidence of outside involvement.

Boateng’s attorney rejected the allegations.

Boateng played 76 games for Germany. He joined Austrian team Linz in May.

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Jerome Boateng, center, professional footballer, stands in the courtroom at the regional court with his lawyer Leonard Walischewski, right, and his spokesman Thomas Knipp, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 19, 2024. The former national soccer player is on trial for accusations of assaulting his ex-partner. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

Jerome Boateng, center, professional footballer, stands in the courtroom at the regional court with his lawyer Leonard Walischewski, right, and his spokesman Thomas Knipp, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 19, 2024. The former national soccer player is on trial for accusations of assaulting his ex-partner. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

Jerome Boateng, professional footballer, stands in the courtroom at the regional court with his spokesman Thomas Knipp, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 19, 2024. The former national soccer player is on trial for accusations of assaulting his ex-partner. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

Jerome Boateng, professional footballer, stands in the courtroom at the regional court with his spokesman Thomas Knipp, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 19, 2024. The former national soccer player is on trial for accusations of assaulting his ex-partner. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

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