Officials in the NHL's situation room will more closely observe the final minute of each period of each game and will refine the overall game-timing process as the result of the league's investigation into a pause of the Staples Center clock during the Kings' game against Columbus on Feb. 1. That hesitation added a second to the final period and allowed Drew Doughty score the winning goal.
Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior vice president of hockey operations, said Thursday that the clock's maker, Daktronics, had examined the clock and found "no defects." He also said the off-ice crew working that game had been interviewed and that he was "completely satisfied" with the clock operator, whom he would not identify.
However, Campbell said he plans to rotate the crew members' duties "to avoid any thoughts there may be issues with the clock when opposing teams play at the Staples Center."
Off-ice officials are employed by the NHL and fill such roles as official scorer, penalty box time-keeper and game time-keeper. During NBA games at the arena, a device attached to a referee's whistle stops the clock when the whistle is blown. The clock resumes when a referee presses a button on a device worn at the waist.