That would have been … interesting. Alexei Ponikarovsky slammed into Henrik Lundqvist, the goalie flew back into his net, and play kept going. Ponikarovsky definitely appeared to slow up, and maybe Lundqvist took a bit of a dive? Tough to say.
Even worse for the New York Rangers was the shot that found its way on net while Lundqvist was still down. If that puck went in the net, it easily could have sparked some sort of angry mob in Midtown Manhattan.