I’m a referee, which means you probably hate me. But it also means I know what the right or wrong call is. Whenever there is a controversial call, I will weigh in with impunity.
At 1:58 of the 3rd period, Matt Greene took a shot from the point that found its way into the net as Dwight King tipped it and fell on top of Henrik Lundqvist. Referee Dan O’Halloran immediately signaled for a goal as both Ryan McDonagh and Henrik Lundqvist argued. Being that a penalty is an not a reviewable play, the goal would stand to make the game 4-3 early in the 3rd period. The Kings wouldn’t need much more time as Marian Gaborik would find a loose puck the Rangers couldn’t clear to beat a flustered Lundqvist. The Kings would later on take the game in double overtime.
It seems as if O’Halloran thought McDonagh pushed King into him as the puck went past. Lundqvist seemed to have a heated conversation with him a short time after. However, after the game, Lundqvist gave an explanation into O’Halloran’s call and it was much different than what I thought.
For O’Halloran to say that the puck was already past Lundqvist is the biggest joke in the book. The contact was simultaneous to the puck going in and even deflected off King as it entered the back of the net. This was the exact same play that led to a goalie interference penalty by Benoit Pouliot in the 2nd period. Here is picture of the King non-call:
This one is plain and simple, the referee got it wrong. Based off the standard set by the first goalie interference call, that was more than enough to merit at least a no-goal call. The complexity of the game changed from there and the Rangers eventually ended up on the losing end. This will be one the rules the league has to fix during the summer break as these plays cannot be non-reviewable anymore. Anyway, back to New York!