New York Rangers winger Ruslan Fedotenko said he was “shocked” when his apparent go-ahead goal at the buzzer to end the second period was overruled. Had it counted, the Rangers would have taken a one-goal lead into the third.
“I thought, for sure, it crossed the line on time because I saw the puck cross the line and then I heard the buzzer,” Fedotenko said after New York’s 3-2 Game 3 victory over the Capitals. “I was 99.9 percent sure it was a goal. So I was pretty shocked when they disallowed it.”
As the clock wound down in a tied middle frame, Fedotenko fired a shot toward the Washington net. It hit Capitals defenseman John Erskine and wound up trickling past goalie Michal Neuvirth.
The officials on the ice confirmed that the puck was in the net. The only question was whether it had crossed the goal line before the green light behind the cage flashed on. After a video review by officials inside the NHL’s “War Room” in Toronto, the goal was not allowed.
The letdown of having a goal wiped out could have lingered into the third period for New York, which had been struggling to score. But the Rangers didn’t let it.
“We were fine,” Rangers Coach John Tortorella said. “Once they said it wasn’t [a goal], I said, ‘Let’s get in the room.’ We just went about our business. It’s not the refs making the call. It’s Toronto making the call.”
--More to come soon.