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Video: Kings tie things up after controversial penalty

Jun 13, 2014, 10:56 PM EDT

Being an official often comes down to making tough judgment calls. In big games, the power-play opportunities that result in controversial penalties can be controversial (if they result in goals) and easily forgotten (if they don’t).

Much like when Dwight King didn’t get whistled for goalie interference, the New York Rangers probably aren’t happy that Mats Zuccarello received a tripping penalty that arguably should have gone to Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin.

That’s especially true since Marian Gaborik tied things up on the ensuing man advantage.

Gaborik has certainly shown a knack for timely goals in the 2014 playoffs. These two teams will determine how we look back at this memorable span in Game 5.

Here’s more on controversial calls:

  1. nicknyhc - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    The refs stole game 3 for the Kings, and it looks like the same deal in game 5.

    • habs9 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      the reality is that regardless of reffing the Rangers have barely ever been in this series, the team should be looking at themselves (other than King Henrik) before they start to play the blame game with the refs

      • dohpey28 - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        lost 3 over time games, how where they not in the series?

    • imleftcoast - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      A fitting end to a season of these bad calls. I don’t understand who is running officiating. There needs to be a coach’s challenge. Saw one at the baseball game yesterday, and not one person in there minded. The NHL can’t be five years behind real major sports.

  2. stakex - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Controversial penalty? That’s a polite way to put it…….

  3. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    It was a horrible call should have beeb a Ranger pp bogus cup if kings win tonight horrible horrible call

  4. storminator16 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:07 PM


    My money is on J Willy in overtime. Get this series over with already!

  5. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Just like i predicted win or lose a cup on an embelleshment horrible

  6. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    The NHL should be embarresed over embellishment

  7. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Cant say it enough invest in a great game then a horrible horrible call horrible

  8. bigblueapple - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Oh well, Rangers deserve it.

  9. sjsharks66 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Horrible call and an even worse dive.

  10. chanceoffleury - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I’ve gotta tip my hat to the Rangers for not just losing their **** at this point. I mean horrible, horrible display of officiating across the last 5 games. I mean this in the nicest way possible to Kings fans, but I hope to god they don’t win tonight. It just wouldn’t be right. If they’re going to win it I’d like to just see them win it without any major controversy surrounding the goals that got them that 4th win. And hey, without any dog in the fight I’d love the drama of a game 6 and possible 7!

  11. 950003cups - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    LINDQVIST has one cup final win vs Brodeur’s 17!!!

    King who?????

    • 7mantel - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      Now you can concentrate on getting a life ,you sorry little boy !

  12. nicknyhc - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    The last time I saw officiating that was this bad I was at a Little League game.

    • bigblueapple - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      Typical Ranger cry baby stuff. Give it a rest. Everyone knows the league favours the Rangers, and yet every time you don’t like call you cry about it like no other team has to deal with it.

      Enjoy your conference champion banner, lord knows you’ve got room for it in your rafters.

      • rsiddiqu - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        you guys didn’t win it at all. We couldn’t hold the lead and thus couldn’t of won. If that bogus pk didn’t count, and we didn’t blow the lead due to goaltender interference it could of been different

      • dtownbeatdown - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:27 AM

        Oh please blueapple, don’t act like the kings are rich in history. I believe you have more room in your rafters anyways. You have 2 cups, the Rangers have 4.

      • 950003cups - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        Four? LOLOL since 1940 you have one!

      • dtownbeatdown - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Actually my team has 11…

        Wings fan

        REGARDLESS the Rangers still have 4, and are much richer in history than the king’s.

  13. oruacat2 - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    What’s this, another terrible call gives the Kings a Stanley Cup?
    I’m reminded of Game 6, 2012, against the Devils.

  14. theblossas - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    As a Rangers fan I got to say that was a very entertaining series obviously I wish it ended differently. The Rangers had their chances and I think the series was a lot closer then the record dictated. I know I am going to be called a “homer” but that was a terrible call at a even worse point of time in the game. Either way I enjoyed the series and most Kings and Rangers fans have been respectful which is always good to say…. I think everyone can agree that 9500cups just needs to stop posting on all the articles… Yes we know Marty is one of the best ever but people who know hockey also know he had a very good supporting cast and a system that favors the goalie. To the true Kings fans and hockey fans I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did.

  15. tlndma - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    For the life of me I don’t know what the NBC guys are seeing. Muzzin goes to step around Zuccorello and as Jones says “Zucc” sticks his leg out”. Muzzin’s leg moves in his attempt to avoid Zucc, who is beaten on the play and who’s only option is to take Muzzin down with a desperate move. Watch where each players eyes are as the play unfolds, as he plants his skate Muzzin is looking at the puck and Zucc while sticking his leg out is looking at Muzzin’s leg.
    Why would Muzzin even try to trip Zucc as he’s beaten him and is going for the puck. I don’t think this play would ever be called against Muzzin.

  16. formerworldchamps - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    As a Ranger fan, I am not happy with the results of this series.I can objectively say the Kings were the more talented and skilled team.Referee mistakes happen all the time and in this case it allowed the more talented team an even larger edge.Two games were in retrospect taken from the Rangers by bad calls or bad no calls.With proper referee calls this series would now be 3-2 Rangers( if all other things remained the same)

    Congratulations to the World Champion Kings!!!!

    I ask the NHL to institute an in game review system in which controversial bad calls can be reviewed and objectively, confirm or reverse such calls.

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