Putting the fact of playing at home aside, it came down to which team is ready to win, that was the biggest priority on my list, explained Shattenkirk. When you are with the New York Rangers, they’re in the business to win every year. They’re not a team looking to go through a rebuild. It seems like every year they are making the moves necessary to make their team a championship team. I think we are right on the cusp of making something big happen here.
The Rangers won 48 games a year ago and finished with 102 points, good for fourth place in the ultra-competitive Metropolitan Division, fifth in the Eastern Conference. It was the third straight season the Rangers earned at least 100 points; and since 2011-12 New York appeared in three conference finals, won a President’s Trophy and played in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.
If you can bring it home in New York, it’s something you can’t replicate anywhere else, the New York-born and bred Shattenkirk said of winning the Cup.
A pinpoint shot from the blue line by Predators defenseman P.K. Subban beat Penguins goalie Matt Murray 7:13 into the first period. On the surface, it appeared Nashville was off to an early lead. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan felt otherwise and challenged whether Filip Forsberg was offside as the Predators gained the attacking zone.
Upon further video review, officials ruled that was in fact the case.
As Forsberg corralled the pass, his left foot crossed into the Penguins zone while the puck remained on the blue line, negating the goal by a matter of inches, and seconds. Under strict interpretation of offside, it’s the correct call, but that won’t stop the debate over the coach’s challenge to spill out on the NHL’s biggest stage.