Did The Rangers Defeat Buffalo On a Phantom Goal?

Metro HockeyCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2009

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 05: Henrik Lundqvist #30  of the New York Rangers makes a blocker save against the Buffalo Sabres  at HSBC Arena on December 5, 2009 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Rick Stewart/Getty Images

I swear that I'm not going out of my way to be pessimistic here, but it seems the Rangers lucked out big time against the Buffalo Sabres in a tight, 2-1 victory. With the Rangers up 1-0 in the third period with just under seven minutes to go, Sean Avery came barreling down the left side in a mini two-on-one, took the shot, and Ryan Callahan buried the rebound...or so it seemed.

Sam Rosen's call on the goal wasn't the greatest and he did not even call it until the red light came on, a few seconds after Callahan put his arms up in celebration. Rosen did the same thing earlier in the game on a Chris Higgins goal, even though that one was clearly in the net. As fans, we just make fun of Rosen's failing eyesight and move on, but was he right? At first he said that he thought it hit the crossbar but only after he saw the red light come on did he call it a goal.

Thanks to a poster from HF Boards, we have this frame by frame look at the puck going at the net. It looks like it hits the crossbar and bounces straight down, but I will let you decide for yourself. Click here to view the image.

The puck, circled in red, is clearly seen hitting the cross bar and falling straight down. This brings back memories of Game 4 in the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarter Finals against the Atlanta Thrashers, when Matt Cullen's slap shot hit the crossbar but fell straight down behind the goal line. After minutes of deliberation, it was clearly seen to be a goal. But here, it looks as though the puck falls into the blue, which would mean it never crossed the goal line at all.

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