Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers' Challenge Fails in Shootout Loss to Flyers

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers' Challenge Fails in Shootout Loss to Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA - These are the X factors in today's NHL. A well- played, entertaining game decided, at least in part, by a failed coach's challenge and a skills competition.

The shootout, of course, is nothing new. But the Flyers might not have gotten their 3-2 shootout win over the Rangers on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center had Alain Vigneault's first-ever coach's challenge been successful.

"We thought it was the right call to make on our part," Vigneault said of the second-period challenge of Jarret Stoll's waved-off goal due to incidental contact with Flyers goalie Steve Mason. "You've got to respect the call and move on."

The game also provided a truly scary moment as Flyers left wing Michael Raffl collapsed on the bench early in the second period and was helped to the team's dressing room. Seconds earlier, he had appeared to be hit in the head when he collided with Stoll but Stoll said the Rangers were told Raffl had been hit with a puck on the bench.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall reported Raffl was "fine" after the game.

The Rangers (5-2-2) lost veteran left wing Viktor Stalberg to a head injury after a non-penalized, blue-line check by defenseman Radko Gudas at 18:54 of the second period that may be subject to supplemental NHL discipline.

Vigneault said he believes "the principal point of attack was to the head" and defenseman Keith Yandle called it a "borderline hit."

"It seemed to catch him in a vulnerable position," said right wing J.T. Miller, who tied the game at 1 with his first goal of the season at 13:30 of the first period. "We seemed to feed off of that. It got the boys going."

Stalberg is definitely out tonight against the Flames at Madison Square Garden with Emerson Etem, a healthy scratch all but once, re- entering the lineup. Backup goalie Antti Raanta will make his second start after Henrik Lundqvist stopped 46 shots, including all 18 he faced in the third period. …

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