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Vigneault spoke to NHL about Game 2’s non-interference call

Jun 9, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

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Following Saturday’s Game 2 OT loss, Alain Vigneault was asked if Dwight King interfered with Henrik Lundqivst on the 4-3 goal, to which Vigneault replied “ask the NHL.”

Apparently, the coach took his own advice.

Vigneault confirmed on Monday that he spoke with the league about the incident, but wasn’t revealing any details. From today’s transcript:

Q. Did you have any more communication with the League about the Dwight King goal?

COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah, I did. It will just be between me and the League.

Here’s the play in question:

Vigneault was upset, but much less verbose than his goalie.

“I’m extremely disappointed on that call or non-call,” an irate Lundqvist said following the game. “They got to be consistent with that rule. We, in the second period get called for a penalty and the puck is not even there. They score a goal and I can’t even move.

“It’s extremely frustrating for them to get life like that. After that, it’s a different game. I don’t expect a penalty on the play but they need to blow the whistle. A goalie can’t move when you have a guy like that on top of you. It’s such an important play of that game.”

As Lundqvist mentioned, the goal came after the Rangers were whistled for a second-period goalie interference call when Benoit Pouliot tangled with Jonathan Quick. In light of that, it’s worth mentioning that Lundqvist did draw a goalie interference penalty during the first overtime session after he got clipped by L.A. forward Jeff Carter:

That call wasn’t enough to appease King Henrik, however, as he continued to take issue not just with the non-call, but the explanation for the decision as well.

“[The ref] said the puck had already passed me. I don’t buy it,” Lundqvist said. “That’s a wrist shot, that I’m just going to reach out for and I can’t move.

“It’s a different game after that. It’s such an important play in the game.”

  1. 950003cups - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Another crybaby. Not only was there 18 minutes left in the 3rd, but they scored a minute later. Clearly the Kings were tying it up no matter what. Once it tied up, they slowed their pace.

    • tronn25 - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      You have to believe Vigneault, Lundy, and the rest of the complainers are simply doing it in attempt to gain some favorable calls tonight. That play was a toss-up, the Kings continued to score goals, and the Rangers even got some calls in OT that could have gone either way.

      If Vigneault is truly still all butt-hurt about this and isn’t instead focusing on fixing his teams sloppy 3rd period and OT play, this series will be over much sooner than originally thought.

    • bwayblueshirt - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      You’re an idiot. That goal stole momentum away from the Rangers. If that goal gets taken back, Kings lose, series tied. And you should be just as upset about it as I am. If this turns out to be a close series, people are rightly going to question whether the Kings deserve to win. It is a disgrace to the league and the game for this kind of blatant missed call to happen at the highest level of the sport.

      • bigblueapple - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        A Rangers fan looking for sympathy for contact with their goaltender? Aaaaahahahaha, news flash, pretty much the entire league hopes the Rangers lose every game on a goal with questionable goaltender interference. #KARMA

      • tronn25 - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        I hope your Rangers are as upset over this as you are, because there will then be no way they are focusing on the only thing that matters, the next game.

        Cry all you want about the call, but the fact is that game is over and in the past. No matter how many tears you decide to use as lube, that call/game won’t be overturned. The only thing that can be done is to go out and try and win the next one.

      • bwayblueshirt - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        I hope they have forgotten it already. But as a fan, it makes me livid to see. I would say the same thing if it had gone the other way. Bad officiating is ruining good games and good series’.

      • pirovash88 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Yeah sort of like how Kreider denied Montreal any chance of beating you guys in the ECF, right?

      • hrudey - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        If the call got retroactively taken away at the end of regulation, maybe. Otherwise, you might have heard, these Kings are exceptionally hard to put down for good and there’s every chance they score two still (perhaps another Gaborik special in the last ten seconds with the goalie pulled, like against the Ducks).

        Fans, and hell, the Rangers themselves have every right to dislike the call as much as they want to. The simple truth is that after this call, the Kings scored twice more and the Rangers failed to score again. If they awarded a title for winning the first periods of games, the Rangers could plan a parade, but generally speaking the team that owns the ends of games is the one you want to be.

  2. mornelithe - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    “That call wasn’t enough to appease King Henrik, however, as he continued to take issue not just with the non-call, but the explanation for the decision as well.”

    Why in the world should it? A penalty is a penalty, whether it’s for your team or against it. A make-up call, as the sports world likes to call it, never takes into consideration the momentum shift or decline that non-calls/bad calls can create. So, let’s not bandy about and say, oh well he got another one at a different point in the game. Facts are, the Rangers were up 4-2, and this clear interference, should’ve kept it at 4-2. From the replay that the King in question, was attempting to force himself in between the defender and Lindqvist to create a screen. The Ranger’s player checked the King’s player, however, the King’s player would’ve fallen to Lundqvist’s side, as opposed to what happened which is recovering and then falling into Lundqvist while attempting to deflect the puck. The King’s player was not pushed, or checked into Lundqvist, clear goalie-interference.

    Neither a Kings or Rangers fan, but the ‘make-up call’ mentality, like players should just be satisfied with what the refs give them, is such an asinine way of looking at this.

  3. patthehockeyfan - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    First of all, thanks PHT for making me watch TWO commercials before the videos. :(

    Secondly, I thought the official made the no-call on Dwight King because of McDonagh’s presence, and because it was hard to tell from the official’s angle whether McDonagh pushed King.

    Reading Lundqvist’s quote – that the official said the puck was already by Lundqvist – well, that’s just b.s. The puck had not passed Lundqvist at the time of contact.

    I’m a Kings’ fan, and I was happy for the goal. In all fairness, though, it shouldn’t have been.

    • JoeAvg - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Yesterday I would have agreed with you but this morning I saw the net cam view on the NHL’s website and now I feel the right call was made. King skates in with his left foot on the perimeter of the blue paint and his right foot outside – nothing wrong there. Enter McDonagh with his knee extended into King’s right thigh, lifting his leg. As King is being pushed backward his left foot is now at a right angle to his hips and instinct against him pulling or twisting something takes over and he lifts his left leg. He’s now suspended in air held up by McDonagh. Gravity takes care the rest as he comes down on Lundqvist.

      I don’t think he interferes with Lundqvist or enters the paint if McDonagh never makes contact. Nor do I blame McDonagh for anything. King had an excellent chance to score and he tried to take it away – good for him. If he doesn’t the result is probably the same anyway. Good goal Kings.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Very well, JoeAvg. I doubt the ref saw everything that you so painstakingly described.

        I took issue with the ref saying the puck went by Lundqvist before contact, and THAT’s why it was a good goal. That’s clearly wrong. Contact was made before the puck got there.

      • peymax1693 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        I just saw the video you referred to and I actually think it proves that King interfered with Lundqvist. I thought I saw Lundqvist try to move to his right but he can’t because King’s left skate came in contact with Lundqvist’s right skate. It was right after this initial contact that McDonough tried to move King out of the crease.

      • 950003cups - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        They lost! Get over it! Bad calls happen in every series! I didn’t hear Tim Thomas crying when he was likely interfered with on Ward’s series winning GAME 7 goal 2 years ago. Only the sensitive Swede and his band of fraudulent fans care ab out his complaints. Had the Rangers not played dirty and too out Price, they likely never make it to this series.

        The only thing the rags and their flamboyant fragile goaltender won (after taking out a starting goalie accidentally on purpose) was a 2014 SCF patch on their jerseys.

      • 950003cups - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        With that being said. Rangers will win tonight 3-1.I can’t see them dropping 3 in a row to a team who’s played 23 playoff games.

    • peymax1693 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Thanks for the honesty. Any team and their fans would be justifiably upset about that play had it gone against them.

      As a Rangers fan, I’m ambivalent about the non-call; on the one hand, the Rangers still had the lead and if they had played better it wouldn’t have been a major issue. However, the goal changed the momentum of the game because the Kings clearly received a boost.

      For me, the bottom line is that winning is hard enough on the
      players of both teams; it’s simply not fair to ask either team to overcome poor officiating in the process.

      • dickschofield8291986 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Lotsa talk around here about “Momentum”. What team does he play for and where can I buy his jersey?

  4. 950003cups - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    “COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah, I did. It will just be between me and the League.”

    LEAGUE: “Zip your lip. We didnt hear you complain about goalie interference when you took out Price”

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Ding ding ding. Tell this man what he’s won.

      • bwayblueshirt - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        The prestigious Idiot of the Year Award.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        So injury nullifies interference.

    • homerx - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Because it wasn’t interference when you get tripped on a breakaway.

  5. westof1club - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Save the vitriol for your club footed defensemen. McDonaugh & Girardi are staking claim to the most inept duo I’ve seen in recent Stanley Cup matches. McDonaugh isn’t close to elite based on the criticisms I’ve heard from Ranger fans about Subban. Blown 2 goal leads and game deciding turnovers aren’t trademarks of elite defensemen.

    • bwayblueshirt - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Mac has been very good. Girardi, not so much. Not sure, but I suspect he’s playing injured. Given all the breakaways we’ve had so far, I’d be a little more concerned about your own defense.

    • homerx - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Obviously you have ZERO hockey knowledge.

  6. gbart22 - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    The rangers have had leads and blown them and they are going to harp on this one call? Seriously? Happens both ways and the team needs to stop whining and look in the mirror and step up.

    • bwayblueshirt - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Except it isn’t happening both ways. That’s the problem. If you watched the game, you saw Pouliot get a penalty not ten minutes before this goal for making the exact same move through the crease. The puck never even got to the net on that play. But here, when it actually matters, when there’s a goal in the balance, they can’t make the same call on King. It has been a problem for the entirety of the playoffs, and will only be remedied when the officials are held accountable for their decisions, either indirectly by way of expanded replay review, or directly, by the league firing these two incompetent refs that have stunk up several games since April.

  7. sharksfan754 - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I thought McDonaugh pushed his guy into Hank, so the right call was made or not made IMO. I am pulling for the Rangers too.

    • bwayblueshirt - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Thing is, it doesn’t have to be a penalty to wipe the goal. Even if you want to make the argument that Mac forcibly adjusted Kings trajectory, he still interfered.

    • fightingwild - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      I too saw the video & said McDonaugh caused the interference. Of course King was going to hit him since he was there but I think it was the right call.

  8. bmy0913 - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    The push into Lundqvist isnt the issue at all. Jockeying for position is one thing. Yes, King fell on Lundqvist after the puck had passed. Thats not the interference. The interference comes with the body contact and his skate being wedged against Lundqvists, thus preventing him from moving within his crease to attempt the save.

    Had King not been there, It would have been a routine blocker deflection. As far as everybody talking that they blew the lead, yes. In both games they couldn’t hold. But, comeback or not, realistically if that goal is disallowed that game doesn’t go to OT in the first place and we are in NY tonight with an entirely different perspective on the series.

    The play, whether people want to admit it or not, was a huge turning point not only in the game, but the series overall.

    • rocoop - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Ok. Looks like you have found your excuse and you are comfortable with it…I for one, am happy for you…Play in question happened early in the third..Rangers still leading 4-3,right? Questionable call? Yep..Turning point? Nope…Rangers have failed to score in the 3rd period and in OT in either game..Do I think this series is over? No way! Good luck to both teams

      • bmy0913 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        You clearly misread, or failed to understand the entire overall point.

        And actually, no. It didn’t. It happened with the score 4-2. That is rather irrelevant to my point considering 1-1=0, because you know, math. Still, enough to question the credibility of your opinion.

        I acknowledge that the the leads were blown. I also whole heartedly believe that the Rangers haven’t been able to find a way to stay on the gas and keep LA from roaring back. I’m simply stating that considering the box score, if that goal is disallowed, the game doesn’t go into overtime. That, my friend, is the pinpoint definition of turning point considering that the game doesn’t go into OT if that goal doesn’t exist. But an excuse, hardly.

        The Rangers had plenty of missed opportunities, but, if we are talking finite here, it’s not necessarily something to be argued. No goal, no OT.

        So with that, next time you feel the need to condescend, bring your big boy reading abilities. Cheers!

    • peymax1693 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      I agree 100%. I think the point people are missing is that the importance of the goal wasn’t the negative effect the goal had on the Rangers but the positive effect it had on the Kings. Even with the momentum on their side the rest of the period, the Kings only managed to score one more goal. Thus, no quick goal, no momentum swing in the Kings’ favor.

    • rocoop - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Your no overtime point is fruitless and wishful…Big boys don’t look for or make excuses

      • bmy0913 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Jesus christ…you are disappointing. Again, you can cherry pick my point all you want, that’s completely fine. If that makes you feel validated in your lack of argument, that’s just the same. The fact remains, that non call is a game changer. Sure, the Rangers could’ve kept them from coming back to 4-2 in the first place! Hell, they could’ve shut them out 4-0. The point is, what happened was not that. What happened was a goal that should’ve been disallowed, and changed the entire momentum of the game, as well as the course of scoring that allowed the Kings back into the game in the first place.

    • rocoop - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Lol…I do feel validated..Good luck to the Rangers tonite

  9. bigblueapple - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    I still don’t know what’s better… Lundqvist getting injured and some no-name loser starting in his place or Lundqvist himself playing like a no-name loser (as he is now). Hmmm tough one.

    • bmy0913 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      You know man, I typically don’t engage in this type of talk, but you’re a pretty piss poor hockey fan. As much as I cannot stand other players, I never want to see anybody get hurt on the ice.

      I’ve not once seen you post even a semblance of a cogent thought about hockey in context, much less specific to the article under which it is posted. Take your garage league talk elsewhere, friend. Even Kings fans don’t want their triumph sullied based on goals on questionable non calls. There are plenty on this board alone who readily admit that they got away with one there.

      Classless.

      • bigblueapple - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        What can I say, if it’s classless to enjoy watching the Rangers (of all teams) cry and complain to the league about contact with their goaltender, or hope that they get a good taste of their own medicine, then YUP, I’m classless.

        I also love watching the “King” (lol) blowing 2 goal leads and jawing at and staring down his own teammates every second goal (when he should be looking in the mirror)… Now that’s class.

    • 7mantel - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Are you always this stupid or is it a special occasion ?

      • bigblueapple - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Nah, I only get this stupid when homer fans think it’s fine when Krieder crashes the net, but don’t like it when it happens to precious Lundqvist. Oh and the “King” is already 3 goals deep in game 3. Sweep incoming. How sweet it is.

      • 7mantel - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Wishing someone gets hurt is a LOSER MENTALITY !

  10. 33to22 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    This isn’t whining. This was a bush non-call. Yet another reason the NHL remains a secondary league. Best game, but a bush league.

  11. phtjoey - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Goalie interference is a tough call for any referee. If there is contact with the goalie just prior to or simultaneously to the puck going in, then video review should be allowed.

  12. djshnooks - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    It’s also important to keep your eyes open.

    Which is something the coach and goalie failed to do, if they somehow missed their defenseman push the guy onto the goalie.

    Then again, it’s just as important not to blow 2-0 leads in back-to-back games.

    I figured the Rangers would try to make excuses for themselves…after 4 days rest.

    Go Kings…end this quickly, please?

    Signed,
    Every hockey fan not in New York City.

  13. gbart22 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    No one is going to question if the kings deserve to win if they win the series and the cup. You still have to win 4 games.

  14. gbart22 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I see all these rangers fans talking about momentum as that is the end all be all of a game. Bad calls non calls happen every single game to every single team and your team either get defeated by those and collapses like the rangers or you rally around it and step up and Stop the other team dead in it’s tracks. End of the day the rangers failed to step up and close out the game goal or not they still had the lead and could have galvanized around that bad call and ended the game out strong. They didn’t and they lost and blew a lead two games in a row it’s all on the rangers.

  15. bleedrangerblue - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    It was interference. No doubt about it. Sometimes you get the calls sometimes you don’t. That’s hockey.

  16. bleedrangerblue - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    950003 keep talking. Keep talking. Shouldn’t you be reading articles on fatso?

  17. nyfinest911 - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Big blueballs you have no clue what your talking about. Try another sport, perhaps basketball.

  18. bleedrangerblue - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    LGR!!!

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