Hey, it’s Carp. Here is the explanation I got from NHL exec Mike Murphy regarding the review of the disallowed Brandon Dubinsky goal last night.
Murphy said that the call was correct, but the process was not:
“In regards to your questions relating to last nights Ranger – Panther game, here is what happened.
As the on-ice officials were coming together and concluding that Brandon Dubinsky’ stick had made contact with the puck above the height of the cross-bar and that their call on the ice was “no goal”, the play was being looked at both by the Toronto Video Room and by the in arena Video Goal Judge at Madison Square Garden. It was the opinion of both that the call made by the on-ice officials would stand, as there was inconclusive video evidence to overturn this call.
There were, however, a number of errors made in the video review process as it applied to this play. Essentially, there was a communication break down between the on-ice and off-ice officials. The Video Goal Judge failed to sound his horn, signalling the on-ice officials of the need for further video review, and the on-ice officials failed to recognize that the play required official video review and assumed that no further review was necessary. This should never have happened and this play should have been placed under formal video review.
Over the course of the season, the NHL Video Room has overturned very few plays involving pucks that may or may not be high sticked into the net. For the most part, the on-ice officials have the best view of these plays and it is extremely difficult to get a true and accurate perspective of the puck, the crossbar and where the puck makes contact with the stick threw replays. With very few exceptions, the call made by the on-ice officials stands. This is particularly true when more than one on-ice official has a view of the play.
In the end, while there were mistakes made in the process, mistakes that we have taken steps to resolve for the future, we are confident that the correct result was reached.”
WITT-LESS: No Brendan Witt for Thursday’s Rangers game against the Islanders. The NHL just suspended him for five games for an elbow to the head of Toronto’s Niklas Hagman.
AFTERNOON UPDATE: CASINO NIGHT
The Rangers still have limited tickets available for Casino Night. Here’s the info from the team:
New York, February 27, 2009 – The New York Rangers players and coaches will be decked out in their tuxedos and dealing out a great night of fun at Casino Night on Monday, March 2 at Gotham Hall in Manhattan benefitting the Garden of Dreams Foundation. This exciting night will bring new head coach John Tortorella and the entire Rangers team together with Blueshirt fans for a festive evening in a casino setting to support the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which makes “dreams come true for kids in crisis”.
This full team event, including Rangers Henrik Lundqvist, Chris Drury, and Scott Gomez, will also feature a live and silent auction. For further details, please visit newyorkrangers.com.
WHO: The entire 2008-2009 New York Rangers team
WHAT: New York Rangers Casino Night
WHEN: Monday, March 2, 2009 beginning at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway (and 36th Street)
***AVERY ON THE WAY?
Here is TSN’s story that Sean Avery will go on re-entry waivers Sunday or Monday, which means he could be a Ranger (if no other team claims him) by Tuesday.