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Video: Rangers avoid another goal by a tiny margin

Jun 11, 2014, 11:06 PM EDT

If you want an image that tells the story of Game 4, a puck hovering right above the New York Rangers’ goal line would work perfectly.

The Rangers were dominated for significant stretches of Wednesday’s contest, yet they survived to extend the 2014 Stanley Cup Final to a Game 5 against the Los Angeles Kings. They couldn’t have asked for a much smaller margin of victory, though.

Much like a stretch in which Anton Stralman saved a goal, the Kings nearly scored with their net empty. With 1:11 left in the third period, officials ultimately determined that a) the puck didn’t go in and b) Derek Stepan didn’t close his glove on the puck in the mad scramble to keep it out:

Here’s a screen grab:

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Just to hammer the “by the skin of their teeth” point home, here’s the Stralman save:

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Talk about a game of inches/centimeters …

  1. gbart22 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Sometimes you get lucky and I’m not surprised the rangers won this one I expected them not to get swept and get one at home and I’d not be surprised if this went 6 in all honesty but you never know

  2. stakex - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    As where games one and two could have easily gone the other way, LA could very easily be skating around with the Cup right now….. hockey is a strange game sometimes.

  3. terrier92 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Do not think it will happen but if Rangers ever come back and win this series the sight of that puck sitting on goal line will haunt those LA forwards in their dreams forever. Hockey is truly an amazing game.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    I know you’re at the ads end of the period…. but that ice is terrible!

    • ravenscaps48 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      *ass

  5. papajack1259 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    They found a way to wi. Henrik was the reason, a lot of non calls and yet the game suvived(as hockey should be officiated) A good goalie needs luck and two tightrope non goals is what I call luck.
    NY avoided the Stanley Cup celebration at the Garden they played well enough to win, nice to see Nash throw his weight around. Their still alive!

  6. rpiotr01 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    I have never, ever, ever seen a puck go clean through a goalie and just cuddle up inside a little pocket of snow on the goal line like that.

  7. billiam55 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    isnt about time NY had some puck luck i mean FINALLY.

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