Did the Rangers catch a break?


A day later, there’s still conversation about whether the Sabres were offside on a Victor Olofsson goal that would’ve tied the score late in regulation.

The scoring play in question was negated due to the NHL Situation Room calling down to Buffalo to review for offside. On the Sabres feed, both Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray were convinced that it was due to Rasmus Dahlin still being in the zone ahead of the play. However, it might not be so cut and dry.

If we are to believe John Vogl of The Athletic, the NHL Situation Room called the Sabres and Rangers to say it incorrectly called offside on the disallowed Buffalo goal which would’ve tied the score. Former goalie turned analyst Martin Biron illustrated on MSG in Buffalo that Dahlin was able to tag up before Olofsson touched the puck with Tage Thompson onside.

Whatever the case is, it’s all too confusing. If you have such league personnel to review these plays, how can they get it wrong? It looked like they made the correct call by overruling the Olofsson goal. Regardless, it’s too late to go back and change the outcome.

The Rangers remain 2-1 winners of Friday’s game. Even if now there is a controversy that’s being debated. It reminds me of the NFL when they admit to losing teams that they missed a call in a close game. Ditto for the NBA. That doesn’t accomplish anything.

What’s done is done. The Rangers held on for dear life to earn their 18th win of the season. It wasn’t a well played game. They were lucky to get the two points. Had the Olofsson goal stood, Patrik Nemeth would’ve been a goat. He had the puck bank off him past Alex Georgiev. Why was he even out that late?

The Rangers will move on to face Nashville Sunday night at 7 PM. Another NFL Sunday game at MSG. They’ll want to take care of business before having to travel to the sizzling Avalanche, who are scoring goals at a high rate.

Finally, there’s this. Alexis Lafreniere is up to six goals after notching the game-winner last night. He has points in two straight. Kaapo Kakko remains stuck on three goals and is without a point in five. At what point does the second pick find consistency that made him that pick over Trevor Zegras?

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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