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Rangers Persevere Through Disallowed Goal

With the Rangers up 1-0 in the second period, Martin St. Louis appeared to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead but a ridiculously quick whistle negated what would have been the 38-year old’s third goal of the series…

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…the problem I had wasn’t that the ref lost sight of the puck (that happens), it’s that he blew such a quick whistle. Mason didn’t have puck iced for even a fraction of a second. St. Pierre needs to hesitate, get himself in a better position to see the puck then blow his whistle. Refereeing 101.

…btw, what a bullet shot by J. Moore from the point. I actually think Nash might have gotten a stick on it which led to Mason not being able to come up with the puck cleanly.

Thankfully, the ref’s miscue didn’t cost the Rangers as they were able to persevere (via Bergen Record):

Alain Vigneault…

“Stuff like that is going to happen. You’ve just got to keep playing and that’s what we were saying on the bench. Just got to keep playing and that’s what we did.”

Dan Girardi…

“It didn’t bother us at all. It actually made us work a little bit harder. After that to come back and get a couple more says a lot about our team.”

St. Louis…

“Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn’t. I think, at the end of the day, it evens out. It’s an emotional game, you have to keep it in check and not let it take you off your game, the calls that don’t go your way.”

…this was just another example of how AV’s calm demeanor has benefited the Rangers this season. Similar to how he kept an even keel during the early season struggles, the Rangers head coach didn’t lose his cool or his focus after the call went against his team which likely rubbed off on his players and kept them confident.

…between the disallowed goals and all the phantom penalties, it would have been understandable if the Rangers became unglued. But AV remaining stoic behind the bench instead of blowing a gasket like a certain former coach might have was a huge big reason for the victory.

Kevin

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