NEW YORK – Ruslan Fedotenko’s shot bounced off defenseman John Erskine and into the net behind Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth. The red goal light flashed and the Rangers celebrated – but the green light signifying the end of the second period was also illuminated.
It was about as close as can be to the puck crossing the line with either 0.1 seconds left on the clock or time expiring. After an extensive video review, the NHL replay review crew in Toronto ruled that the official clock at Madison Square Garden had no time left – and so the goal was no good.
Here’s the official statement from the NHL:
Video review was used to determine if the puck crossed the line before time expired in the second period. The official burn-in clock on the overhead camera had time expired before the puck crossed the line. No goal.
The officials ruled it a goal on the ice, and the blue-clad crowd at the Garden was more than a little upset at this call. From several looks at the video replay, it was tough to tell whether the puck slid inside the right post before the clock expired.
NBC’s broadcast appeared to show 0.1 seconds left, but that wasn’t the official clock but rather the network’s graphics. The green light behind Washington’s net appeared to go on before the puck crossed the line.
The goal would have given New York a 2-1 lead and a ton of momentum going into the third period.