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Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wins challenge, goal overturned

New York Rangers' head coach Alain Vigneault gives

New York Rangers' head coach Alain Vigneault gives instructions in the third period of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar

MONTREAL — Rangers coach Alain Vigneault saw his team apparently fall behind on an early goal Saturday night, but he challenged the call, and his argument that goaltender Antti Raanta was hindered eventually caused the ruling to be overturned.

Just four minutes in, Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw was bumped by defenseman Kevin Klein near the crease, making contact with Raanta, who couldn’t recover to stop a high backhander from the right side from winger Phillip Danault. Replays seemed to show that the off-balance Shaw — who later was ejected on a major interference call for a hit on Jesper Fast at 16:56 of the first period — added a little extra at the end.

After a review, the goal was overturned, citing interference by Shaw. He also had been whistled for interference at 12:20 of the first and left with a total of 22 penalty minutes.

Raanta exits with injury

Raanta, who stopped all 10 shots he faced in the first period, left with a lower-body injury (Henrik Lundqvist replaced him at the start of the second), and so the Rangers could be in the market for a backup goaltender. Raanta is 10-4 in 18 appearances.

Magnus Hellberg, Brandon Halverson and Mackenzie Skapski are the short-term options in Hartford.

Blue notes

Defenseman Marc Staal, who is in the concussion protocol, missed his fourth straight game. Vigneault provided no update, which is not a good sign . . . F Marek Hrivik, who is 0-2-2 in 16 games since Dec. 6, did not play for the second straight night . . . D Adam Clendening was cut over the right eye in the first period but was treated on the bench and returned . . . Brandon’s Pirri’s goal was his first since Dec. 11.

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