At 8:39 last night, Carl Hagelin scored after a backhand attempt fluttered off of the stick of Johnny Boychuck and past a fallen Tuuka Rask who tripped over himself and left the net open.
The Rangers had eight shots on goal in the second period and five of them came after that goal. Prior to the goal, the Rangers had six shots on goal.
Derek Stepan said on MSG last night that he didn’t know how to explain what happened, but the Rangers found new life when Hagelin’s shot trickled into the net.
With a smile, John Tortorella said that it’s funny how it works sometimes and that the bounce the Rangers got brought them to life.
Henrik Lundqvist told Katie Strang, at ESPN NY, that Hagelin’s goal was probably the “ugliest” one he has ever seen. Lundqvist said that the Rangers seemed to gain energy and confidence from the fluttering shot.
When asked about the play, Rask told the Daily News that his skate dug into the ice and that “it looks pretty bad on TV, I bet.”
The New York Times described the play as “an opposing goaltender sprawled on the ice, decked by an invisible force.”