Tomas Sandstrom scored 1:14 into overtime after Robbie Ftorek's controversial third-period goal had tied the game, giving the Rangers a 5-4 victory last night over the New Jersey Devils in New York.
Sandstrom picked up a loose puck to the left of goalie Glenn Resch and scored on a short wrist shot, his 15th goal of the season.
Ftorek's backhander bounced off Resch and struck the crossbar, then fell to the ice outside the red goal line. Referee Bryan Lewis, who was skating behind the play, ruled that the puck had entered the net, even though the goal judge never put on the red light to indicate a score. Television replays indicated the puck never entered the net.
Many of the Devils, led by an irate Resch, argued with Lewis, who was involved in another controversy in the Rangers' game in Boston Saturday. In that game, Lewis allowed a Boston goal to stand even though it was scored after the net had been knocked off its moorings.
Immediately after the game, New Jersey Coach Doug Carpenter stormed onto the ice to argue with Lewis. Carpenter had to be restrained by linesmen Will Norris and Bob Hodges.
Ftorek's goal at 4:49 came 40 seconds after Paul Gagne's second goal of the night had given New Jersey a 4-3 lead.