In their 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday night, the Rangers challenged Victor Rask’s power play game-winner for offside. This is a tough one to figure out. As the video replay shows below, Ranger defenseman Dan Girardi’s clear attempt might have been out. But Carolina’s Justin Faulk intercepted the puck in mid-air with his glove.
There was no whistle for offside. Play continued. Following a Faulk bomb that caromed off Henrik Lundqvist, Rask put in the rebound for a power play goal. With the official ruling of goal on the ice, the Rangers needed conclusive evidence to overturn it. The challenge was a good one because it didn’t look like Faulk kept it in. However, with the puck in mid-air, it’s hard to tell where Faulk’s glove was in line with the puck at the blueline.
That made it impossible for Toronto to reverse the call on the ice. After a lengthy video review, it was inconclusive allowing Rask’s goal to stand. You be the judge. Vote on our poll above. Do you agree or disagree? Here’s the video:
”If you look at the game-winner, it’s an inch either way,” Carolina goalscorer Jeff Skinner said. ”(Faulk) makes a great play keeping it in. You look at the other side, it’s an inch away from being out. That’s how close the games are now.”
As for the game, the Rangers blew a chance to clinch a playoff berth by giving up two goals in the third period. It was Eric Staal’s return to Raleigh. Fans and former teammates paid tribute to the ex-Hurricane. There was also a video tribute as well as a collage of photos of Staal’s time in Carolina outside the Rangers dressing room. He delivered the franchise’s only Stanley Cup in 2006.
”It was pretty neat – a lot of emotion, a lot of memories that came flooding back in that moment,” Staal said.
Unfortunately, his faceoff win against younger brother Jordan didn’t result in the tying goal. The Canes were able to kill off the final 18 seconds after Ryan McDonagh fumbled a pass. They outworked the Rangers, who fell to third in the Metro with the red hot Pens winning again. The Islanders are also hot on their heels with a win on home ice pulling them within two points.
The Ranger goalscorers were Mats Zuccarello (25th), Rick Nash (15th) and Chris Kreider (19th) with each scoring in the second period following a no show in the first. But the Canes rallied from a 3-2 deficit with two unanswered in the third from Skinner and Rask less than five minutes apart.
After Henrik Lundqvist was pulled, coach Alain Vigneault left Nash on the bench following a Carolina timeout. He was on the previous shift. But the Canes’ timeout should’ve been sufficient recovery time for the Rangers’ sniper. It was a curious decision.
The Rangers have five games left. They are as follows:
4/2 vs Sabres
4/4 @ Blue Jackets
4/5 vs Lightning
4/7 vs Islanders
4/9 vs Red Wings