Monday night in Pittsburgh, the Capitals lost to the Penguins 8-7 in overtime. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead, the Caps — who looked like they were going to coast to their tenth-straight victor — lost all their momentum after a blown call. Pens forward Patric Hornqvist crosschecked TJ Oshie in the head.
Two days later, Alex Ovechkin was still not happy about it.
Saturday afternoon, the Capitals pulled out a 6-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils, but the game was bizarre. After Tom Wilson sent John Moore to the hospital, officials Marc Joannette and Justin St. Pierre could not put the whistle down, calling 15 minor penalties – 10 of which came against the Capitals. If you add in the two fights, there was a total of 50 penalty minutes doled out.
CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Alan May was blunt about Joannette and St. Pierre’s officiating in his post-game analysis. It sucked.
When Rick Nash scored the Rangers’ third goal — the eventual game-winner in their 4-2 defeat of the Washington Capitals — I noticed that the zone entry on that play was far from crisp. Nash lost handle of the puck around the left faceoff circle on the Caps’ side of neutral zone and then had to reach back to gather it back. He pushed the puck towards the blue line, and it slowly rolled as Nash was entering the offensive zone. He then fired a shot using John Carlson as a screen and beat Braden Holtby — the goal Peter described as a “back-breaker” in his recap.
Further review clearly shows: Nash was offsides on the play. It should’ve been blown dead.
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