...it appears that the puck was indeed across the goal line before Miller got pushed into the net. From all I'm hearing this morning, it appears the league got this one wrong and the goal should have counted. A camera angle from in front of the net shows the puck across the goal line between Miller's pads.
That being said, there's nothing that can be done about that now. Sabres' fans are all too familiar with goals that shouldn't have counted - Brett Hull's Cup clincher in 1999 the most famous, but John LeClair's shot through the side of the net in 2000 the most egregious. It is painful and it is unfortunate, but it happens and it's now over.
Game 5 is friday night in Buffalo and the Sabres would do well to put this series behind them. The Islanders have performed better than I expected them to. They were prepared emotionally for the series, something I expected from a Ted Nolan team; but it seems like they've also been prepared tactically, something I did not expect from a Ted Nolan team.
I hope that the Sabres do not look past the Islanders in game 5. Regardless of the score, Nolan will not allow his team to fold. They will skate hard right to the final horn (at least everyone who's last name doesn't begin with a "Y" and end with an "N"
. They (the Sabres) need to recognize that this series is far from over, and will remain far from over until they have won 4 games.
I don't play for the team, so I can look past the Islanders...cautiously. Should the Sabres dispatch the Islanders, they would be facing either the NYRangers or Tampa Bay Lightning in round 2. A matchup with Ottawa, Pittsburgh, or New Jersey would face them in the conference finals, should they get that far.