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Phantom Goal allowed by NHL War Room

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.

Looking at the Jets Roster Moves

And now the real issues begins for the New York Jets as they need to find ways to keep the majority of their roster and make those tough decisions to possibly let go a player or two if they feel they need to move forward.

Now Mike MacCagnan has the difficult job of making shrewd moves and tough decisions to try and keep or send players away, while the NFL Combine for those coming into the NFL for the Draft in a few months have already showcased their talents in Indianapolis.

But the first news that came out in this offseason was the release of Corner back Antonio Cromartie who came back from a season in Arizona and had a solid 2015. Making several big plays to intercept opposing offenses and knocking the ball away, the Jets knew they needed some cap room and decided to say goodbye to Cro.

Seeing Marcus Williams have a big season for the Jets with six interceptions with nineteen solo tackles probably showed both Bowles and MacCagnan that he is ready to make a big step in his Jets Career. So we shall see what this situation can do for the Jets as the Secondary remains to look solid.

Of course the big worry is Muhammad Wilkerson walking away and trying free agency. We all know what happened in the last game of the regular season as Wilkerson had his leg broken at the Bills, but still when he gets back to full health Wilkerson will be a monster once again. WFAN reported a story from the Associated Press that the Jets will use the Franchise Tag which will pay him $15.701 Million for the 2016 season. But there is plenty of time for the Jets to try to get a deal done by July 15th and sign Wilkerson to a multiyear deal, or else the tag is coming in.

The NFL Offseason always shows plenty of intrigue depending on what happens to certain teams that are trying to improve, remain as is or finding someone new if a certain player is coming or going. But after such a magical year that ended in heartbreak in Buffalo, the Jets are trying to keep this magic alive and well to begin the 2016 season.

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