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Home not sweet enough: Habs blank Rangers

Oct 28, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

The one optimistic remark during the New York Rangers’ frequently ugly nine-game season-opening road trip was that things might get better once they finally started playing at Madison Square Garden. So far, not so good.

The Montreal Canadiens beat the Rangers 2-0 in the Blueshirts’ home-opener Monday, as Peter Budaj got a 27-save shutout.

Obviously it’s not right to fixate too much on a 2-0 goal when your team fails to score a single tally, but Henrik Lundqvist was still upset that this Alex Galchenyuk tally stood:

After the game, Lundqvist fumed about that call to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News:

“If that’s not a kick, I don’t know what a kick is,” Lundqvist said.

Either way, the Rangers need more of a scoring punch if they want to turn this situation around.

  1. mp1131211 - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Wow, how does that count?

  2. multiplemiggs - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Who cares. Still cant score goals. They blow. Its now apparent theres only 1 team in New York.

  3. stakex - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    It might not have mattered since the Rangers can’t score, but these calls need to be consistent. If JT Miller kicked the puck in the other night against the Flyers… then Galchenyuk most certainly did tonight as well. His skate might not have left the ice, but it definitely moved in the direction of the puck. I would love to hear what the NHL’s definition of a “distinct kicking motion” is if that’s not it right there.

    There is an easy way to prevent all this of course… either allow players to kick the puck in, or make it so that a goal can’t be scored off someone’s skate. Whenever there is a grey area, and the officials (on ice and off ice) have to make judgment calls, we see wildly inconsistent results. There should never be situations in which something isn’t a goal one night, but then is the next…. and obviously there is right now in the NHL.

    Either way though, the Rangers need to do something about their goal scoring issues. They played a pretty good game, but you can’t win if you don’t score. A big trade seems needed.

    • charlieconway96 - Oct 29, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      I couldn’t care less about the Rangers but this was WAAAAY more of a deliberate kick than the Miller goal.

    • joey4id - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      stakex, Have you ever considered reading the rule book? It’s amazing what you can learn by reading.

      Section 5
      38.4 Situations Subject to Video Review
      A DISTINCT KICKING MOTION is one which, with a pendulum motion, the player propels the puck with his skate into the net. If the Video Goal Judge determines that it was put into the net by an attacking player using a distinct kicking motion, it must be ruled NO GOAL.

      • 1337ryan - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Then Miller no-goal should’ve counted as well. There wasn’t a “pendulum motion”, he was dragging his skate up from behind. This was pushing his skate forward. Under the rule both should have been goals then. Also, isn’t it the same people watching the replays in Toronto? Then it wouldn’t be the ref’s fault for inconsistency.

        But I did have the same reaction as stakex last night. I thought it was an obvious no-goal because of the Miller play fresh in my head.

      • joey4id - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        1337ryan, the puck doesn’t appear to deflect of his skate. Matter of fact he clearly lifts his foot off the ice and does propel his foot forward, which caused the puck to change direction. The best angle for me was the one from behind and to the right of the net.

  4. stinkpretty1 - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Im happy to see this counted as Zibanejad’s goal in game 4 in last years playoffs counted…
    Its all about consistency

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Pure redirect. Nothing wrong with that goal. It looks worse in slo-mo. Go back to the beginning of the replay and watch it at real speed. Just a stretching redirect.

  6. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 29, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    When you’re skating partially backwards, trying to slow yourself to a side in order to be in position to tip a puck in, thats the angle your skate will be.. I understand it moved forward when you look in slow motion, but that could also be the natural motion of his leg, or he could’ve been trying to deaden the puck. Either way, tough call. Could of gone either way.

  7. 950003cups - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Didn’t see the Miller goal. But the rule is, it has to be “distinct” kicking motion. That’s a pure redirect.

    His comments on the 2nd goal are unbecoming of a confident person. Lundqvist is coming apart at the seams. He’s regretting having management fire Tortorella. He claimed he had nothing to do with that. But we have prisons full of people who had “nothing to do with that” also.

    Should’ve started Cam. He earned it last game.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      When you only allow two goals and still lose it’s hard to place blame on the goaltender. Lundqvist hasn’t been good this season but he also hasn’t received necessary goal support.

  8. magicrat13 - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    to me,he not only turned his skate but moved it towards the net…may not have been a pure kicking motion, but it was not a simple redirect….do not think the goal should have counted…

    and for those saying it looked worse only because we are seeing it in slow-mo, well isn’t that what the nhl office in toronto look at???

  9. thecheeman - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    That really seemed like it shouldn’t have been a goal to me, but why is Hank even fuming about it in a two-goal game? Worried about his stats?

    Take it easy King Henry.

  10. longcutskolvikes - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Go Habs go!

  11. xdj511 - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Not happy to see the Rangers shut out like they were, but at least they showed up and competed. Kreider would’ve scored right in the beginning of the game except Budaj got just enough of the puck to deflect it off the post. The Rangers were good on the forecheck and didn’t have any glaring defensive breakdowns. It’s something good to build on, and hopefully they keep up the hard work tonight against the Islanders.

    • DED - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Yes, the Rangers showed up. Budaj had a great night in net and I think that’s the reason why the Rangers didn’t get on the board. He really made some great saves. The post helped out a couple of times too. As far as losses go, I can’t blame this on the Rangers.

      While I’m not happy about the call for Montreal’s second goal, I think the penalty called on Boyle that led to the first Montreal goal was a worse officiating mistake.

      • xdj511 - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Yes, the Garden Faithful were chanting “these refs suck” which is something they don’t point out unless they have really earned it.

  12. Meta - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I’m not a Ranger fan but that definitely looked like a kicking motion. i understand that the when you’re slowing down when skating to one side, that’s the angle your skate should be in but it certainly looked like he moved his foot at that exact moment when he saw the pass was going to be short of his stick. that shouldnt have counted. Still, you gotta score a least a couple goals on Peter Budaj

  13. xdj511 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    It’s like Michael Hutchence of INXS sang… “Sometimes you kick… sometimes you get kicked…”

  14. joey4id - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    The right call was made based on how the rule is written in the rule book. If anything needs to be questioned, it is the rule itself. Not the decision that was made because according to the rule book a “DISTINCT KICKING MOTION is one which, with a pendulum motion, the player propels the puck with his skate into the net.”

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