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10-25-2011, 04:52 AM
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Originally Posted by malPHONEY View Post
Anyone remember that game against the Canucks sometime in 2003 when a game-tying/winning goal was taken away by a injured Martinek down on the ice?

This poor man is cursed. Good player and great person.
That was a pretty infamous moment, it occurred during the peak ERA of the NHL conspiracy theories. It was one of the few times I honestly believed something was fishy, remember the Rangers were very much in contention for the postseason at that point. The replays clearly showed the up ice official who I believe was either Koharski or Devorski watching the play and without a doubt seeing Martinek go down and be down for several seconds, however; he did not blow the play dead til he saw Bates had scored, even though he had easily 3-5 seconds before this to blow the play dead. It was widely criticized on many merssage boards for days of being a Bettman order to get the Rangers into the playoffs. Thankfully the Isles overcame it but it was I believe a game tying goal with about 2 minutes left.

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