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Alan May weighs in on controversial negated Ward goal


Alan May weighs in on controversial negated Ward goal

The full segment featuring Alan May and Al Koken from Capitals Postgame Live will begin in the video player above momentarily.

With 2:09 left in the second period of Friday night’s Game 5 between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers, a long stalemate appeared to have been broken.

A Matt Niskanen shot from the top of the zone was deflected in front of the net by Washington’s Joel Ward, slipping past goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

But from the right side of the goal came a referee, disallowing the goal and calling goalie interference because of contact between Ward and Lundqvist.

The score would remain 0-0. The Capitals would eventually break the tie in the third period, but a late New York goal and another in overtime gave the Rangers a 2-1 win.

CSN analyst Alan May was asked about the sequence involving Ward and Lundqvist during Capitals Postgame Live.


“The league said the goaltender wasn’t allowed to play his position in the crease and there was incidental contact,” May said.

“Well, you know what? He came out of the crease, Joel Ward was never in the crease. Where the referee was, he was making that call regardless of what happened there but I believe that was the wrong call.”

Greg Wyshynski over at Yahoo! Sports has the full relevant portion of the rule here.

May would go on to explain after commending Washington head coach Barry Trotz’s restraint regarding the sequence.

“But there’s no surprise to me that … [the league] backed the ref. They always do. They never go against these guys.

“It was a very upsetting situation. The Caps scored early enough there that it really could have changed the way the rest of this game was played, but it doesn’t matter now and I’ve never seen the league go back and change any of their calls. They always back their guy. It doesn’t matter.”

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Tarik's 3 stars: Caps come up empty on an emotional night in Florida

Tarik's 3 stars: Caps come up empty on an emotional night in Florida

Vincent Trocheck scored on the power play with 18.7 seconds remaining and the Panthers escaped with a 3-2 victory on an emotional night in Sunrise, Fla.

Trocheck’s goal was Florida’s second in the final four minutes…and the Caps were left to lament yet another incomplete performance. Washington has now lost three of its last four games and fell to 4-5-2 in February.

Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-Vincent Trocheck, Panthers

Trocheck did what Trocheck does in the third period: The Florida forward scored a clutch goal in the final seconds, redirecting a Jonathan Huberdeau shot through Brooks Orpik’s legs and past Braden Holtby.

Eller was in the penalty box when Trocheck scored his 13th third period goal of the season.

2-Andre Burakovsky, Capitals

After losing a goal to Eller in the first period, Burakovsky made sure he didn’t go home empty-handed. No. 65 scored on the power play in the second period to put the Caps ahead 2-1.

It was Burakovsky’s third goal in six games. He also earned a secondary assist on Eller’s redirection score.   

3-Braden Holtby, Capitals

Following a handful of un-Holtby-like performances lately, Holtbeast roared Thursday night at BB&T Center. He made at least one game-saving stop in each period: an arm save on Trocheck in the first period; a pad stop on Denis Malgin in the second and another extended pad stop on Evgenii Dadonov in the third. Holtby finished with 30 stops.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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4 reasons why the Panthers beat the Caps

4 reasons why the Panthers beat the Caps

The Caps looked like they had the win in hand as they led 2-1 late in the third period, but things went off the rails in the final four minutes in a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers

Here's how the Caps lost.

An emotional start for Robert Luongo

Before the game, Roberto Luongo took the mic during an emotional tribute to the victims of the tragic Stoneman Douglas school shooting. As a writer, it was hard to get into the game after that. I cannot imagine how hard it must have been for Luongo to focus to actually play in the game. But he did. He started off very well, making several strong saves in the first period. Washington scored late in the opening period after an offensive cycle of over a minute that completely wore out the Panthers' skaters. Otherwise, Luongo was brilliant turning aside 13 of the 14 shots he faced in the opening 20 minutes.

Another shaky start for Braden Holtby

This was the best game we have seen from Braden Holtby in a while as he made a number of phenomenal saves in the second and third period. In the first, however, he continued to struggle. Maxim Mamin scored his first career NHL goal and point as a puck trickled through Holtby and Mamin was able to slam it home. Holtby was dealing with a screen, but reacted late to the initial shot and late to Mamin.

Aleksander Barkov splitting Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson

With a 2-1 lead late in the third, the Caps looked like they had control. But with less than four minutes remaining, Aleksander Barkov was able to split Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson to set up Nick Bjugstad for the game-tying goal. Ovechkin was backchecking, Carlson stepped up on him and then...nothing. It looked as if both players thought the other would take Barkov and Ovechkin let up at the same time Carlson skated past giving Barkov a lane to the net.

A late penalty to Lars Eller

With the game tied late, the Caps were exerting their will in the offensive zone with the cycle that had been dominant all game long...and then Lars Eller tried to set a pick on Bjugstad, knocking him to the ice. It was an obvious interference call with just 42 seconds remaining in the game. Florida would score 22 seconds later to deny Washington not only the win, but a point as well.