Locker puts on a smile after Washington’s Game 3 loss.

No matter what happens to the Washington Capitals in their first round matchup against the New York Rangers, we won’t be hearing Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin after next week. Once the Eastern Conference Semifinals roll around, NBC has exclusive rights to the games. Locker, it seems, is going out in style.

During Monday’s Game 3, the former Cap was in top form. It started when the Caps took a 1-0 lead. Despite taking a couple of penalties, the Capitals were weathering the storm in first period, so well, in fact, that the Madison Square Garden crowd started booing as the final seconds ticked off Joel Ward’s minor.

“You couldn’t script it any better for the visiting Washington Capitals,” Laughlin exclaimed, finishing his sentence just as Brad Boyle unleashed a wrist shot to tie the game.

Locker’s eventful night continued when Washington was whistled for a too many men penalty later in the frame. The thing was, the Rangers had eight dudes on the ice, and six of them were nowhere near the bench. Locker freaked out.

Video by Japers Rink

“Look at this bunch right here!” he screamed, madly drawing on a series of circles on his telestrator, topped with a giant number eight. “There’s eight guys on the ice for the Rangers!

He also told Joe B “if I ever had the chance it wouldn’t be your eyes, it’d be your tongue” for some reason.

Craig Laughlin is awesome.

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  • For real tho

  • Dee4077

    Actually, they had NINE guys on the ice, plus the goalie, but who’s counting . . . Certainly not the refs.

  • There are nine rags on the ice in the picture… nine.

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  • yv

    I had NBC feed and they counted 9 Rangers and 6-7 Caps. Good that there was no fight, otherwise Caps could be in trouble.

  • OlietheGoalie

    Color blind? Dunno how you mess up blue and white, but it’s the only explanation. Maybe the NY sweaters blended into the faceoff dots somehow…

  • liquid8d

    I really want to understand the rule fully here:

    I mean they have 6 guys at least 5′ away from the bench.. and they played the puck if I recall correctly.. I just don’t get it.

    The explanation the “national broadcasters” (which I am forced to listen to) gave, saying it was the right call because.. something like the Caps didn’t play the puck?! made no sense whatsoever. Anyone else hear their excus…. err.. explanation?

  • doeshin

    The refs were giving the home team favorable calls. as simple as that. what bunch of deuche bags… i hope we get some favorable calls. if not. well SCREW THEM. i hope an errant slap shot catches em in the soft spot. deuche bags….. JUST GO CAPS… let’s take game 4 and bring home to close. TOP TWO LINES have to produce… ESPECIALLY second line. if Second line scores, i think we will win that game. we need our second line to score… JUST GO CAPS!!!

  • spotsphill

    Did the home team only get the calls in this game? Shut up sore loser.

  • chasles

    Yes. Yes they did. Asshat.

  • Akay15

    Nah, Erskine could easily take on the whole team and still have his teeth in the end.

  • doeshin

    WTF r u talkin bout? did i say the CAPS got all the calls? I said the home team was on the receiving end of Favorable calls. sore loser? r u a rangers fan on this blog? anyway. let’s see what happens the next couple of games…

  • doeshin

    There is no explanation. When there is 6 – 7 guys, it’s easy call. when there are 9. it confuses the refs into a brain freeze…

  • I think I am in the minority of Caps fans by agreeing with the too many men call. The rangers players were no where near the puck while the caps extra man jumped right out to end the 2 on 1 attack from the rangers.

    With that said, it was a pretty soft call for the playoffs, but nowhere near as unfair as a lot of caps fans are making it out to be.


    Playing the puck isn’t a requirement for the penalty.

  • Danidama

    I have no idea what’s going on here. Some sort of miscommunication. Blast these little english words we have, trying to express our human, hockey-lovin’ emotions! Caps will win the next game. The linesman SUCK in these playoffs. Let the men play, for fsck’s sake!! Holtby is still God. That is all.

  • Danidama

    Forget all that- the soft calls in these series are the problem!! They are the deciding factor in who is winning these games and that’s *BS*! I am pissed. Excuse me.

  • Good point but the rule also includes “At the officials discretion…” and:
    “If in the course of making a substitution, either the player entering
    the game or the player retiring from the ice surface plays the puck
    with his stick, skates or hands or who checks or makes any physical
    contact with an opposing player …“too many men on the ice” will be called.”

    Caps effected the play, rangers didn’t.

  • Manda

    I totally cringed when Locker said that about the booing. Glad you guys picked up on it, too. I didn’t wear my Caps earrings, so I’m partially to blame for the jinx, too : ) You guys are the best!