NEW YORK – Jeff Carter’s Game 3 goal with 0.7 seconds remaining in the first period might be the most soul-crushing tally against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final. And that’s saying something, considering they’ve also lost on overtime and double-overtime goals.
Here’s that Carter goal from Monday night, in the Kings’ 3-0 win to go up 3-0 in the series:
Say, did you notice something about the clock at the start of the clip?
Like the fact it was ... frozen?!
Well, Forbes.com writer and self-confessed Rangers fan Mike Ozanian did, and he’s “asking the question” on whether Carter’s goal should have counted “due to broken clock”?
Watching the game, I noticed that the clock had stopped for a couple of seconds with 18.9 seconds remaining in the period.
The puck was in the Kings zone at the time and I remember thinking back to before the game with play-by-play announcer Doc Emrick said the server at MSG was down (not sure exactly what that means) and wondered why the commentators did not say anything about the stopped clock before or after Carter’s goal?
With that, we invite in the only people qualified to comment on such theories …
MULDER: “Think about it Scully. A disturbance in the timeline, caused by a mysterious ‘sever crash,’ allowing a man to slip through time itself without the world noticing."
SCULLY: “Mulder, the ‘server crash’ Doc Emrick referenced only affected the digital tabulation of real-time statistics during the game, like shots on goal and faceoff percentage. At no time did the game clock malfunction.”
MULDER: “LOOK AT THE TAPE, SCULLY. Time, frozen still, while everyone else hurdles forward. A temporal anomaly, the kind of which we’ve never seen …”
SCULLY: “Mulder, it looks like the clock on TV just freezes but then picks up again at the correct time.”
MULDER: “TIME LORDS, SCULLY! MANIPULATORS OF OUR UNIVERSE’S VERY LAWS!”
SCULLY: “Look, Mulder, those clocks are sophisticated instruments that calculate time by measuring electrical charges called coulombs — given the rapidity and volume of electrons that move through the measuring device the calibrator must adjust at certain points which was the delay you see. The delay is just recalibrating for the clock moving too quickly during the 10—10ths of a second before the delay. This insures that the actual playing time during a period is exactly 20 minutes.
MULDER: “ALIENS, SCULLY! VISITORS FROM ANOTHER WORLD WHO ARE WORKING WITH OUR OWN GOVERNMENT AND …”
SCULLY: “You know, none of this would matter if they could have just held a [expletive] two-goal lead back in LA.”
(s/t Wayne From Tuskegee, AL)