Nazem Kadri has been in the news quite a bit lately. First he garnered some attention due to comments that Sidney Crosby made about him while HBO’s 24/7 cameras were rolling. Then last night he poked a goal home while the Toronto Maple Leafs were trying to erase a 1-0 deficit while playing the New York Rangers.
The Blueshirts contended that Cam Talbot had control of the puck, and that the play should have been whistled dead before Kadri got his stick on it. Here’s a look at the play.
Despite being incensed that the tying tally was allowed, the Rangers managed to steal the win back in the shootout.
New York’s head coach Alain Vigneault spoke to Pat Leonard of The New York Daily News about why he was so bewildered by the “good goal” call:
The referee had told (Rangers center) Brad (Richards) on the ice that if they didn’t score on the wraparound, then it wasn’t a goal. They didn’t score on (Clarkson’s) wraparound. Kadri came in front the middle and poked it in. The puck was underneath Cam’s pad. How Toronto saw it differently, I’m not quite sure, but you’ve just got to play through those things, and that’s what we did.
Vigneault probably would have had a bit more to say about the call if New York had lost the game in the end, but they didn’t so they “played through” it and secured the victory.