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Controversial no-goal call at end of NJ-NYR game

Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:36 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 10:40 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

The New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to five games on Tuesday night by picking up a 1-0 win at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

In the end, David Clarkson's 21st goal of the season was all the offense the Devils needed, while Martin Brodeur stopped all 30 shots he faced to add yet another shutout to his Hall of Fame resume. But it almost wasn't enough as the Rangers appeared, for a brief moment, to break through and tie the game with just under four seconds remaining in regulation.

The potential game-tying goal, however, was called back when it was determined that Rangers forward Marian Gaborik interferred with Brodeur.



Gaborik argued that he was pushed into Broduer by defenseman Anton Volchenkov, while Volchenkov countered by saying he did no such thing, which is about what you should expect to come from both sides.

There is clearly contact with the goaltender, and anytime that happens you can be sure there is going to be some sort of a call made, whether it be goaltender interference or waved off goal. Surely we've all seen goals called back for far less than that (heck, it happens to Tomas Holmstrom seemingly once a month). The fact that it happened with time running down in a 1-0 game simply magnifies it.

But you make the call: Right decision by the on-ice officials to take away the goal, or should that have been a game that went to overtime?

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Comments

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:56 am
 

They got it right

Gaborik did make an effort to pull up, but it was too little too late.  The NJ defensemen actually helped him pull up....he was trying to pull him back.  If the defenseman wasn't there, Gaborik would have hit Brodeur even harder.

Case closed!!!!!




Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:22 am
 

Controversial no-goal call at end of NJ-NYR game

Intent really doesn't matter, just cause he starts to slow down doesn't mean he won't end up in the goalie anyway.  And it wasn't like Volchenkov was on his back pushing him forward, he comes in from the side and puts his stick in front of Gaborik, and he didn't even put a hand on him.  When Volchenkov makes contact with Gabby, there's barely even a nudge to him, unlike many instantance when you see the skater go flying forward after contact.  This is a call made all the time now, to say the rangers were robbed is rediculous, they had 60 mintues to score, and who's to say Brodeur doesn't make the save if he is still upright anyway.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:20 am
 

Controversial no-goal call at end of NJ-NYR game

Intent really doesn't matter, just cause he starts to slow down doesn't mean he won't end up in the goalie anyway.  And it wasn't like Volchenkov was on his back pushing him forward, he comes in from the side and puts his stick in front of Gaborik, and he didn't even put a hand on him.  When Volchenkov makes contact with Gabby, there's barely even a nudge to him, unlike many instantance when you see the skater go flying forward after contact.  This is a call made all the time now, to say the rangers were robbed is rediculous, they had 60 mintues to score, and who's to say Brodeur doesn't make the save if he is still upright anyway.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:26 am
 

Controversial no-goal call at end of NJ-NYR game

I am a Ranger fan. Am I upset that the goal wasnt allowed? YES. Do I think the goal should have been disallowed? YES. Whether there was snow coming up from Gaborik's skates or not, he hit the goalie. I dont see enough in the video to say that Volchenkov forced Gaborik into Brodeur.

Thats why you need to play well for 60 minutes, and last night the Rangers did not.

Tough loss, but we will get over it.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:17 am
 

Controversial no-goal call at end of NJ-NYR game

Intent to stop? Maybe. But, that is not for the ref to decide what a guys intent was. He clearly made contact before the puck went in and the refs and the proper call.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:51 am
 

Controversial no-goal call at end of NJ-NYR game

As long as the call was made by the officials then no problem.  Goaltender interference is something Toronto cannot call.  However, not being able to see the video at this time, I know Martin, like Tim Thomas, likes to position themselves just outside the crease and then cry foul if they are touched by an opposing player.  If he was just outside the crease like he does a lot of times, then there should not have been a call, because in my opinion incidental contact outside the blue area, is not protected.  Being run over would be, but not minor contact. 



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:04 am
 

Controversial no-goal call at end of NJ-NYR game

The refs have been very consistent with this call all season, regardless of whether or not an attacking player was pushed into the goalie or did it on his own. What I want to know is why this call isn't be reviewed by the guys up in Toronto or whereever the replay stuff happens. I have no problem with the on ice refs waving the goal off and then letting the replay booth settle it. But either way, I think this is a play that should be reviewed because this has been happening all season and will probably happen in the playoffs. If the Rangers weren't top of the Eastern Conf right now, they could have been denied a crucial point against a divisional rival in a playoff race in March. 

Also, Bettman sucks and BRING BACK THE WHALERS!!!




Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:35 pm
 

Controversial no-goal call at end of NJ-NYR game

does it look like he tied to stop?  yes

is it conclusive that it was his momentum or the D that lead him to make contact?  no

this isn't the biggest goal/no goal screw-up this season (the Kings winner vs the jackets takes that prize).  this one came down to a judgement call by the zebras.  IMO, this should be something reviewable, but as i asked before, while it looked like he was stopping, it still is inconclusive wether it was the d pushing or just his momentum taking him into the goalie.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:07 pm
 

Controversial no-goal call at end of NJ-NYR game

Infuriating as a Rangers fan. It was abundantly clear that Gaborik made every intent to stop as evidenced by the amount of snow being chipped up as he did so, watching in slow motion; while I understand this game occurs in real time and the refs attemp to do what's right, its incredible when a call is so poorly blown, which trust me-WILL impact this playoff run where a point can determine 3rd versus 6th. Wrong call was made, NY robbed of at least a point. Really watch it objectively and determine otherwise?


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