Defenseman Michael Del Zotto said he and two other players on the ice for Max Pacioretty's tying goal heard one linesman signal an impending icing call. However, that call was never made. Without a whistle being blown, Pacioretty went on to notch the equalizer at 18:45 of the second period, sparking some confusion on the Rangers' bench.
"I asked and he said he called no icing," Del Zotto explained. "I told him more than one of us heard it."
Coach John Tortorella said he received a more elaborate explanation on the bench after the play.
"They were yelling to Michael 'no icing' because they said he was shielding the player with his back to the puck," Tortorella said.
Regardless, Tortorella said the no-call was not to be used as an excuse.
"Doesn't matter. That doesn't cost us the game," Tortorella said.
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Lundqvist was grimacing after getting pegged by the puck early in the second period, but he remained in the game and said he expects nothing more than a bruise from the play.