About 11 hours after the puck crossed the goal line, the NHL officially made a change in the scoring of the Rangers’ third goal in their 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night, awarding it to Filip Chytil rather than Pavel Buchnevich.
Buchnevich did most of the work on the play, stealing the puck from Carolina defenseman Jake Gardiner at the top of the left-wing circle, then cutting across along the goal line to the slot, where he skated around goaltender Petr Mrazek and slid a backhander toward the goal.
Chytil, who was called up from AHL Hartford two weeks ago and who has settled in as the team’s second-line center, drove to the net and tried to nudge the puck across the goal line. Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce battled with Chytil, trying to clear the puck, but it appeared to slide across the line on its own.
Television replays were unclear as to whether either Pesce or Chytil touched the puck at all. If Chytil’s stick did, it may have been after the puck already was all the way or most of the way across the line.
The goal originally was credited to Buchnevich, unassisted, at 1:15 of the third period and gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead. The NHL tweeted Friday morning that the scoring had been changed, with Chytil getting credit for the goal and Buchnevich getting the assist. Sebastian Aho’s goal pulled Carolina within 3-2 at 15:58, and that made Chytil’s goal the game-winner.
Skjei was benched
When he spoke to reporters before Thursday’s game, Rangers coach David Quinn wouldn’t reveal which defensemen would be in the lineup, saying there were “a couple issues healthwise’’ and that the lineup wouldn’t be finalized until after warmups. Then Brady Skjei didn’t warm up and ended up not playing. Rookie Ryan Lindgren, who had sat out Wednesday night’s game, re-entered the lineup in Skjei’s place.
Asked after the game if Skjei was OK, Quinn said yes and added that he was a healthy scratch. Asked why, he said, “He needs to play better.’’
Lindgren was paired with fellow rookie Adam Fox on defense and both drew praise from Quinn. “They did a really good job,’’ he said. “I thought they were our best [defense] pair all night. They answered the bell a lot of ways; they defended well, they got us out of our end — there was a lot to like about those guys.’’
The first for Lemieux
Brendan Lemieux got his first goal of the season, deflecting in a shot from Tony DeAngelo on the power play at 18:04. It came 3 minutes, 32 seconds after a deflection by Carolina's Dougie Hamilton tied the score at 1-1. Quinn said it was a “huge’’ goal for the team. It was pretty big for Lemieux, too.
“Yeah, that feels good,’’ he said. “It’s good to finally get one. It’s been coming and, you know, you can say it all you want: ‘It’s coming. Keep going. It’s coming. Keep going.’ And when it finally goes [in], it feels good.’’