Comments: I noticed the other night that when a shot hit the post, it wasn’t counted on the scoreboard as a shot on goal? How can a shot that actually hits the goal not be a shot on goal?
Reply: Good question, Gary. In order to be an official “shot on goal”, it has to be a shot that would have gone in the net if the goalie didn’t stop it. So in this instance, since it got past the goalie, but hit the post and didn’t go in, it isn’t an official shot. For the same reason, so many shots are taken that go wide, or hit a person in front of the goalie, or gets deflected up into the seats, that also aren’t counted in the official stats.
-The Mailbag Guy