The first Coach’s Challenge of the 2020-21 season was a successful one, as the New York Rangers wiped out a goal by the rival Islanders.
Rangers head coach David Quinn issued the challenge after the Isles appeared to score to go up 5-0 with 11:15 remaining in the third period.
Good challenge by Coach Quinn pic.twitter.com/vMJioZ4hyI
— Rangers on MSG (@RangersMSGN) January 15, 2021
From the NHL:
“It was determined that Islanders’ Jordan Eberle made contact in the crease with goaltender Igor Shesterkin, impairing his ability to play his position.
The decision was made in accordance with Rule 69.1, which states in part, “Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal.”
The Rangers only issued four challenges all of last season, going 1-for-2 on interference, 1-for-1 on offside plays, and 0-for-1 on a missed stoppage.
The Islanders saw three goals lost via challenges during the 2019-20 regular season.
The Rangers may have won the challenge, but they lost the game, falling 4-0 to their cross-town rivals.