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Video: Rangers livid about lack of goalie interference call

Jun 7, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

So far, the 2014 Stanley Cup Final has provided a lot of things for hockey fans, but it wasn’t until the third period that the series got its first bit of true controversy.

Henrik Lundqvist and the rest of the New York Rangers were incensed that Dwight King didn’t receive a goalie interference penalty on this goal:

There’s room for debate on that play, but the Rangers likely aren’t happy, especially since Benoit Pouliot received a goalie interference penalty in the second period.

To make this situation a little bit more controversial, Marian Gaborik tied the game up with a 4-4 goal a little less than six minutes later:

This post will be updated if the NHL provides an official reason why that 4-3 goal counted. Regardless, the Rangers need to suck it up or they could find themselves down 2-0 in this series despite having three different two-goal leads.

  1. stakex - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    With all the phantom goalie interference calls we have seen this year, its nothing short of mind boggling that this wasn’t called. There really is no debate about the play itself, its textbook goalie interference and this goal should never have counted.

    The ref who blew this call should be fired. Either he didn’t see it, and is too incompetent to be working such an important game…. or he did see it, and didn’t have the balls to make the call.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Goldie interference that results in a goal should be choice …choice of penalty shot or power play

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        If a goaldie fakes goaldie interference he should have to play without his facemask for the rest of the period

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        goaldie interference should only be called if your team is behind

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        If goaldie interference occurs during the two minute warning the penalty should be your team plays with an mt net

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        if goaldie interference occurs during a one timer you should be rewarded a two timer

      • titansrbeast - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Lol my favorite one is “MT” net… that was a gewd one :)

      • Hollywood Joe - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        Very well said

      • johnstone17 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        What’s a goldie? Goldie Hawn?

    • phtid4me - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      It was a terrible missed call. Rangers deserve to win this win.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        if you commit two goaldie interferences in one period you should lose a time out

      • Hollywood Joe - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        PHT, you are absolutely correct read my post – Joe

      • Hollywood Joe - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        PHT, you are absolutely correct read my post – Joe

    • Hollywood Joe - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Never mined FIRED – meet him outside – kick his ass in the parking lot so that the news gets out to other refs to NOT do as he did – He is a punk that is a L.A. fan and is just as PHONY as Los Angeles and all that crap that comes from out there is – Joe

    • blomfeld - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:13 AM

  2. mustbechris - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    That was one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen by a ref who was 6 feet away. I’m not a fan of either team but man do I hope the Rangers win after that. I can’t stand when playoff games turn into ref shows.

    • Hollywood Joe - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      Thank you sir – we are Ranger men – we BOTH saw the injustice that happened tonight – Joe

      • mustbechris - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Woah there, slow your roll bud, I’m a Flyers fan.

  3. Gigagigagilgamesh - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Yea… It’s not like McDonagh pushed him…
    lol Morans.

    • feedmetherock - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Doesn’t matter, he skated through the crease on his own. He has to be aware of his own position on the ice.

    • bwayblueshirt - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Goalie interference does not have to be a penalty, they could have wiped the goal for incidental contact if they thought Mac pushed him. Letting that goal stand is a fcuking embarrassment to the entire league.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        Goaldie interference is exciting

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        goaldie interference should only be punishable if the other team has a hat trick and all the hats get in the zambonis way

    • peymax1693 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      McDonough pushed him to try and get him out of the crease after he was already camped there.

      Also, I believe the word you are looking for is “morons” not “Morans.”

  4. peymax1693 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Right now I think the League is hoping the Rangers bail them out in OT, because having a turn on an awful call like that is simply not fair to the Rangers or the Kings.

    • mshantz22 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Based on the officiating in the first 3 periods, I’d say they want the Kings to come back and win. It has been a rough game for both teams, but LA is really getting away with some interference and off-hand grabs.

      • mustbechris - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Nobody wants anyone to win. This is a case of the ref making a bad judgment call or the ref bein a coward. Either way, both teams and all hockey fans deserve better.

  5. bwayblueshirt - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Shame there’s not a video of Pouliot getting a penalty for the exact same thing in the first period, even though there wasn’t even a shot on that play. Utterly embarrassing. Dan O’Halloran is an arrogant hack for not at least letting this play be reviewed.

    I forget, is it the Three Blind Mice, or the Four Blind Zebras?

    • stakex - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Can’t review goalie interference…. which is one of the most idiotic rules in the NHL.

  6. xdj511 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    If you don’t want to penalize the Kings player at least call off the goal. That was a travesty.

  7. jake1199 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Unbelievable! Make the call! That was a definite interference call! Earlier rangers were called on one! That one on the kings should have been called! If that is the best refs NHL has then might as well have a amateur ref! That call could be the changing call/play of the game and finals! What a joke!

  8. feedmetherock - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    No freaking clue how that play isn’t reviewable. With the rage that Lundqvist was showing, how do you not at least look at it and get the call right. Shame that that goal completely changed the momentum of the game and now it is going to OT.

    • bwayblueshirt - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      It is, but (stuppidly) the referees are currently the only people who can initiate a replay review. Goals are reviewed automatically, but only the puck crossing the line is reviewed unless further review is requested by referees who aren’t arrogant hacks.

    • Hollywood Joe - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Never mined FIRED – meet him outside – kick his ass in the parking lot so that the news gets out to other refs to NOT do as he did – He is a punk that is a L.A. fan and is just as PHONY as Los Angeles and all that crap that comes from out there is – Joe

  9. bwayblueshirt - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    I’ll just leave this here:

    69.1″…Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal; or (2) an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease.”

    • peymax1693 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      It’s going to be interesting hearing the NHL try to argue that what King was doing didn’t constitute a violation of Subsection (1)

      • bwayblueshirt - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        NHL needs to hold refs accountable, not fine people for criticizing their mistakes.

    • divitmaster - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      Also in 69.1…If an attacking player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending player so as to cause him to come into contact with the goalkeeper, such contact will not be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.

      It appeared to me looking at the replay in slow motion, the Kings player was attempting to skate above the crease, the Rangers player ran into him and caused him to slide back into the crease. The puck came through as the Kings player was trying to avoid the goalie, as evidenced by the Kings player attempting to move/fall up towards the blue line rather than towards the side board, which would have had him moving/falling into the goalie.

      • avscup - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:25 AM

        Spot on! Unless you wear the blue goggles! Bottom line is it is a judgement call and they got it correct. McDonagh did push him. GOAL,

      • gohawks7 - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        I wish I could give this 100 thumbs up. His position before contact with the defender was not goalie interference. After contact, it was. Goal is good, he was pushed into the interference.

    • 2difshoe - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      69.1″…Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal; or (2) an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease.”

      ===========================================================================

      Yeah the ref’s were probably 69.1 ing each other and didn’t see the play. If that’s the case, call the refs for ‘ Hi sticking’ each other !

  10. davidmessina63 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Lundqvist looked like he was playing for Montreal on that last dive.

    • stakex - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Flop or not, you’re not allowed to make contact with a goalie when he’s playing the puck like that. The call was correct, even if Lundqvist might have sold it a bit.

      • avscup - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        Correct. So how come you are so far off on the non call/ GOAL,

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      If he was playing for Montreal it would have been called goalie interference instantly.

  11. LampyB - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Messina you’re an idiot that was clearly interference on lundqvist and penalized accordingly.

    As far as the interference on the goal, it clearly should have been a disallowed goal. The push did not result in the player making contact with lundqvist, easy to see on the replay.

  12. gettingpwned - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    no articles about the 2 ranger flops in OT that drew penalties, eh?

  13. jamesmfitzpatrick - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    The league now officially has egg on its collective face

  14. jake1199 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Dear Dan O’Crap

    Thanks for the pathetic call! Go get some glasses and have a big fat doughnut!

    Regards;
    Hank

  15. jason9696 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    I really don’t think it was that bad but I’m cheering for the Kings. Besides that only made the score 4-3 Rangers. And they still couldn’t hang on to the lead.

    That was a great dive by Henrik Lundqvist in the OT when Jeff Carter nudged him. That was an Oscar worthy performance by Lundqvist. Thankfully it didn’t cost the Kings the game.

    • Professor Fate - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Agree. If that was the winning goal, or even the tying goal, I could see all the outrage, but the Rangers gave up no less than three different two goal leads as well as the overtime winner.

      If you thought King interfered with Lundqvist then you must have seen McDonagh interfere with King’s progress through the crease, right? One reason King ran into Lundqvist is because he was actually in the crease, but the main reason for the collision was McDonagh pushing him into the goalie. Refs didn’t call either as a penalty, but Rangers’ fans’ selective vision only sees the result and not the cause.

  16. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    I also saw two Rangers icing calls (3rd period and 2nd OT I think) in which the Ranger was clearly ahead when the puck hit the red line. Alas.
    Lots of icing calls of late when they blow the whistle before the puck gets to the red line. Odd.

  17. papajack1259 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    It was a blown call. But that’s Hockey

  18. Hollywood Joe - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    I will say THIS that the Kings should feel guilty that they won this game – – The Rangers had them 4 to 3 AND probably would have NOT need OVERTIME let alone DOUBLE OVERTIME to lose it – – The L.A. fans NOW that their team won un-justly – – Hoe are they going to sleep tonight….?….I hate the whole phony L.A. scene from the movie stars to the fans to the fake every body that is out there—–FU to u all from me – – Go ahead and report me you punk ass —-Years ago when there was NOT ANY REPLAY TAPES – the controversy was that the umpire — or the referee – – or the official would have his ass KICKED out in the parking lot after the game – – that was Brooklyn style – – that was Chicago style – – that was Boston style for all you people that think that that is going TOO FAR – – I say kick the f–ckers ass all over the lot after the game – – the OFFICIAL BLEW THIS GAME FOR THE RANGERS – – that is the real truth – – the REPLAY TAPE SHOWS THAT THERE WAQS INTERFERENCE – – WHY WAS IT SAID THAT IT IS “UN – REVIEWABLE”…?…Who made that SUDDEN RULE UP….?>…Is the REPLAY TAPING not for the reason to show what happened….?….WHY does INSTANT REPLAY even exist…..?…..what is this some sort of L.A. one sided rut….Joe

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:41 AM

      I’m sure the Kings don’t feel guilty about winning this game.

    • avscup - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      Put the ardor blades away Joe and find some weed. It will be ok. You have way more serious problems to worry about than hockey!

      • avscup - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:30 AM

        **razor blades

  19. mackattack29 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    If Rangers wanna win then they’re gonna have to stop whining and start playing. They disgrace the Stanley Cup Finals by being the whiniest team I’ve ever seen play in them. The Kings dominated the later the game got and deserved the win so much more. But oh man does nbc and nbcsports and nhl network need to stop sucking the Rangers d**ks and actually provide unbiased coverage of these games because it’s getting beyond ridiculous… lol L.A. is so much better than the Rags and I can’t wait for the kings to raise the cup in New York in game 4 and then we never have to watch the entire Rangers bench whine and sulk like 4 year Olds in the freaking finals, composure? Does anyone in that craphole city have it?… it’s like they’ve never had a call go against them… lol.

  20. jake1199 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Mackattack, you shouldn’t watch hockey! U R an idiot!

    • mackattack29 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Oh gosh your opinion affects me so much!!!

  21. gettingpwned - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    I was thinking about posting more here, but the complete lack of reason and common sense here makes it useless. The best post are the people contradicting themselves in the same posts. The sad posts are the people who can’t spell common words.

    • avscup - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Indeed. Lots of NY state of mind!

  22. bills4 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Let’s be honest. If they did disallow the goal, we all know LA would still have found a way to score two and tie up this game. Simple things is this…… The Rangers are playing about as well as they can and the Kings are playing terrible…… And they still find a way to win. If the Kings ever play a game in this series like they did in the previous 3 rounds, the win, period. Hands down!

    And by the way all you conspiracy theorists, what about the multiple high sticks the Rangers have laid on the Kings……l and wouldn’t you know it… NO CALLS!!

    New York, you’re making Montreal look tough with all your whining!!

  23. papajack1259 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    You know I won’t say NY is the most whining of all teams… but the fans can be….but are we not all watching the game through our own slanted lens?
    I know Bruins fans,Pittsburgh, Montreal,Vancouver,?…hello any others? We all like to wash the blues away with a little whine.
    We would not be fans if we didn’t.

  24. adamvant - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Typical whiny New York geniuses complain about the refs. New York has never lost a game. The other team is never the better team. Always some excuse why they lost. New York geniuses.

  25. dlk75150 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    His own player caused the goalie interference. Call was correct. Goal

  26. nyfinest911 - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Where is the response from Toronto on that atrocious non call of goalie interference. Don’t make a fool of yourself and try to say that it wasn’t a penalty. What a joke.

  27. stuka9 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    A girl walks into a bar wearing a Ranger jersey. A guy walks up to her & says ‘ Hi, my name is Two Goal Lead, what’s yours?” She says, “What kind of name is Two Goal Lead?” He replies “I figured anyone wearing a Ranger jersey would blow a Two Goal Lead.”

  28. snickerdoodle77 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Rangers Fans- “Boo Hoo! It’s not fair!”

    Let’s look at some facts about the Rangers in the playoffs.
    1. The Rangers’ opponents have taken more penalty minutes than the Rangers in every series
    2. The Rangers have had a total of 63 fewer penalty minutes than their opponents during the playoffs
    3. The Rangers have taken 3 diving penalties- more than any other team in the playoffs

    So to summarize- The Rangers play hockey like it’s soccer- flop on the ground and cry to the ref. It’s no surprise that Lundqvist didn’t get the call since the Rangers are notorious for embellishing. I think that Lundqvist’s reaction after the “no call” pretty much summarized the Rangers and their fans- pounding on the ice like a three-year-old that didn’t get to have some cookies before bedtime. Priceless!

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