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ESPN avoids disaster after broadcast error in Hurricanes-Rangers game

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The final minute of a Stanley Cup playoff tie is one of the most exciting things in sports. ESPN managed to add some extra stress to the proceedings for viewers with an obviously unintentional broadcast error.

With the score tied 3-3 with 49 seconds left in Game 2 between the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes, ESPN’s broadcast suddenly switched to introductions for the Dallas Stars-Colorado Avalanche game – which was initially set to air on ESPN start, but that was starting on other channels (ESPN2/ESPNU) while the Rangers-Hurricanes game goes long.

Fortunately, ESPN quickly corrected the error and returned to Rangers-Hurricanes action before regulation was completed at Madison Square Garden. Only about 17 seconds of playing time was missed, and fortunately for ESPN, no one scored during that time.

No one scored in the entire first extra period. Game 2 didn’t end until Vincent Trocheck scored a power-play goal at 7:24 of the second overtime, giving the Rangers a 2–0 series lead.

Call out the extra hockey compensation for fans after that near-disaster at the end of regulation.