Should icing have been called before Karlsson’s game-winning goal?

Alain Vigneault talks about the effort required to win and the questionable non-call on Erik Karlsson's game-winning goal.

The Ottawa Senators outshot the New York Rangers 43-35 and got past the 102-point team in Game 1 thanks to an Erik Karlsson goal from behind the goal line.

The late-third period marker lifted the Sens to a 2-1 lead they held the rest of the way.

But should the play have been whistled down before Karlsson’s goal?

“We felt on their game-winning goal it should have been icing,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “When we look at it, and look at the angles we get, I think it should have been icing. But at the end of the game you gotta play and you gotta do more than we did tonight to win.”

So, did the linesmen make the right decision to keep the action going?

As you can see, Karlsson attempts to move the puck from his end towards Jean-Gabriel Pageau for a deflection into the offensive end. The linesman peers in to try and see if the puck deflects off Pageau and rules that it did, negating icing in the process.

But upon closer inspection, it doesn’t appear the puck hit the Senator, and that perhaps this play should have been blown dead. If that happened, Karlsson wouldn’t have gotten his scoring opportunity shortly after. Here’s a look:

What do you think?

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.