It could've been the most bizarre ending to a hockey game in recent memory. With 19 seconds left in the overtime period, Rick Nash tripped over his own two feet, sliding into New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and almost putting the puck in his own net.
It would've been a heartbreaking defeat as the Rangers had to kill off two penalties at the beginning of the period to even get a chance to win. Nash was in the box when the extra frame started, and Dan Girardi went into the box for boarding.
We had the rare 5-on-3 power play for the Buffalo Sabres, followed by a brief stint of the even more rare 5-on-4 power play when Nash exited the box.
After a whistle, teams returned to the normal overtime players, giving the Rangers all the momentum.
Had that puck crossed the line, it really would've put a sour feeling in Madison Square Garden.
"Yeah, you know what, I think so. It would be tough to sit in here and lose that way," Lundqvist said
Luckily, he kept his head up and made the timely save.
After the horn sounded, Rangers head coach John Tortorella was seen laughing on the bench. It was a rare sighting of Tortorella's emotion on the bench.
After the shootout, and a 3-2 win for the Rangers, all the players were able to joke about the blunder — one that will sure end up on the blooper reel at the end of the year.Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Henrik Lundqvist, Hockey, John Tortorella, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Rick Nash