Lundqvist on reviewed 3-2 goal: “Somebody wanted them back in the game”


The New York Rangers got a decent amount of big calls in their favor* during their 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators, but Henrik Lundqvist finished Game 6 steaming mad. He was angry about a Jason Spezza 3-2 goal that wasn’t disallowed, even floating some minor conspiracy theory material, as Ian Mendes captures.

“It’s a joke,” Lundqvist said. “Somebody wanted them back in the game.”

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Wow. If Lundqvist was wearing a suit and standing behind the Rangers bench, one might just expect the NHL to hand him a $10K fine for critiquing officials. Instead, I’m fairly certain he’s only going to owe the maximum $2,500 – if it comes down to that. John Tortorella wisely uttered a “no comment” on the goal, by the way.

(Stray thought: maybe Tortorella should use players as surrogates for his ref griping in future situations? Just floating it out there …)

For what it’s worth, the league’s own Situation Room blog provided this explanation for the sustained score:

At 19:21 of the third period in the Rangers/Senators game, video review was used to determine if Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil kicked the puck into the New York net.  Video review was inconclusive in determining if Chris Neil’s left skate propelled the puck into the net. Call on the ice stands, good goal Ottawa.

Here’s video of the goal itself:

* – Just ask Spezza about a Nick Foligno penalty that opened up a 5-on-3 opportunity for the Rangers.