If you are a New York Rangers fan you have to think to yourself that not only are you facing a very tough Washington Capitals side that is in first place of the Metropolitan Division, but at the same time you feel like there is another opponent lurking against the Rangers and it is the National Hockey League.
Because when the Rangers began the second period of their hockey game at the Verizon Center there was a play at the net as Antti Raanta tried to stop a potential goal scoring play and got help from Defenseman Kevin Klein to clear the puck off the goal line and the referee’s blew their whistle to end the play.
Of course the protocol to make sure if there is a goal or not is to go to the replay booth or as we all know, the war room in the NHL office in Toronto to make sure it’s a good goal. After MSG Network and on Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic showed all angles that was afforded to their viewers that never showed the entire puck cross the goal line, simple logic is that the Washington Capitals wouldn’t get credit for a goal.
But sadly that thought process is wrong as the referee’s were informed by the war room in Toronto is that there was enough evidence to give a goal. The Rangers were incensed of this decision and Alain Vigneault challenged the ruling. Sadly the challenge was lost and the Rangers were playing on their heels for the rest of the second period.
T.J. Oshie tied the score at two in the second period, but when the beginning of the third began Derek Stepan converted the game winner and the Rangers held on to win the game. But the negative feeling still hovers as the NHL has allowed a phantom goal to count after a review that showed all angles that the “ENTIRE” Puck never crossed the line. But the cameras caught something on the inside of the posts and it looked to be a camera inside the posts.
It looks as though the NHL is trying a new way to help call goals from a camera view inside the post to see if the entire puck has crossed the line. But there is just one slight problem and that is there was no replay angle from inside the posts allowed to be shown on the respective networks that were broadcasting the game. The NHL in secrecy is not showing this new angle to try to get calls correctly when it comes to goals barely being scored over the goal line.
Why are they not showing their fans on a regional sports network for both the home side and the road side a simple replay to prove there is a goal? Are they testing this new angle and keeping things under wraps? All angles afforded to the fans were showing in full the entire puck did not cross the goal line and the inside the net camera if there was one also never showed the entire puck cross the goal line.
In Tennis and slowly but surely in Soccer they are using the Hawkeye technology to make sure that if a Tennis Ball is struck towards the lines to make sure the play is either in or out except for clay court tournaments like the French Open as the ball leaves an impression if it’s in, on the line, or out of play.
In the 2014 World Cup they put a chip inside the soccer ball and to make sure the “ENTIRE” ball has crossed the goal line and it’s a legal goal. The NHL has been notorious for adjusting the rules during the regular season as well as the playoffs when they feel something is not right and need to amend a rule in the book during the current season when these issues should be taken care of during the off-season.
Kevin Klein and the Rangers were angry and upset that a goal was allowed when all angles of these replay cameras showed the entire puck never crossed the goal line and while the Rangers did win the game the truth is that all 30 teams should be on warning right now. You never know when this flawed system is going to be used in their game and if it is that close to call, the replay room will award a phantom goal because they think they can.
Once again these types of shenanigans are being used on the Rangers and one day it could happen to your favorite team, but here is the link to the actual highlight and you make the call if the entire puck did cross the line. Because as of right now the National Hockey League once again under Gary Bettman’s rule has made another grave mistake.