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Lightning journal: Waved-off goal costly

By Roger Mooney, Times Staff Writer
DIRK SHADD | Times Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) works to cover up along with help from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) and Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) while battling New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) and New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) during first period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (11/02/17).

TAMPA — The score was tied at 1 early in the third period of a game that felt as if the next goal would win it, and the Lightning thought it had that goal when Alex Killorn sent a shot past Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist.

But the Lightning’s Gabriel Dumont, who was in the crease, nudged Lundqvist after being pushed by Rangers D Steven Kampfer. It was enough contact for the goal to be waved off for goalie interference, a call that was confirmed by a replay review. It was a key moment in the Lightning’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

"That was a bad call," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "The only person in the building that thought it wasn’t a goal is the ref. He missed it."

Lundqvist didn’t think it was a goal, either. He said Dumont prevented him from skating out and challenging the shot.

"There’s still a lot of time left," C Brayden Point said of the play that occurred at 3:01 of the third. "We’ve got to bounce back from that."

RELATED: Lightning falls to Rangers in OT.

Welcome back, ‘Boyler’

Coach Jon Cooper said he made it a point Wednesday to watch former Lightning F Brian Boyle make his season debut with the Devils against the Canucks. A physical at the start of training camp revealed Boyle, 32, had chronic myelogenous leukemia, a form of blood and bone marrow cancer.

"He wasn’t here a long time, but he made a big impact on not only myself but our team and this community," Cooper said.

The Lightning traded Boyle to the Maple Leafs last season near the trade deadline after two-plus seasons. He signed with the Devils as a free agent in the offseason.

"It was definitely a shock when we heard the news of what happened to him," Cooper said. "But to be able to see him back out there … ‘Boyler’ is being Boyler back out there. He nearly scored in his first shift, which would have been total Boyle-style. It’s great to see him back."

RELATED: Joe Smith’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning-Rangers game.

Celebrating the Cup champs

Four members of the Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup championship team — Brad Richards, Fredrik Modin, Andre Roy and Brad Lukoewich — will sign autographs and pose for pictures from noon-1 today at Tampa Bay Sports at International Plaza in Tampa. Fans are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for Metropolitan Ministries.

The team will be honored before Saturday’s game against the Blue Jackets, who are coached by John Tortorella, who coached the Cup team. The festivities begin with a blue carpet walk at Thunder Ally outside Amalie Arena, where players will sign autographs. Scheduled to appear are Tortorella, Lukowich, Modin, Richards, Roy, Dmitry Afanasenkov, Dave Andreychuk, Dan Boyle, Martin Cibak, Jassen Cullimore, Chris Dingman, Ruslan Fedotenko, Pavel Kubina, Vinny Lecavalier, Cory Sarich, Marty St. Louis, Tim Taylor and GM Jay Feaster.

RELATED: Joe Smith’s takeaways from Thursday’s Lightning-Rangers game.

Stand up for P.K.

The Lightning honored its Fox Sports Sun reporter, Paul Kennedy, as part of Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Kennedy had surgery this week for prostate cancer. Fox Sports Sun Rays reporter Rich Hollenberg is filling in until Kennedy returns. The Lightning wore lavender jerseys during warmups as part of the event, and the players used lavender tape on their sticks during the morning skate and warmups. Those sticks are being auctioned at tampabaylightning.com/hockeyfightscancer.