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Trotz '100 percent sure' referees got it wrong


Trotz '100 percent sure' referees got it wrong

News, notes and quotes as the Capitals enjoy a Sunday off after seeing their six-game win streak snapped with a 2-1 overtime loss in Winnipeg Saturday night:

Feeling ripped off: Thousands of fans had already left MTS Centre when Mark Scheifele’s overtime goal was finally ruled a good goal because of inconclusive evidence that Blake Wheeler was offside on the Jets’ zone entry.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz immediately called linesman Mark Wheler to the bench and asked for a video review and after nearly 10 minutes of watching the replay on a tablet, referee Dean Morton ruled the play was inconclusive, allowing the goal to stand.

“I’m 100 percent sure it was over,” Trotz trold reporters after the game. “We thought it was originally live, and then you look at the three different angles, it’s no question. They’ll give you an ‘inconclusive’ statement I’m sure and protect their guys.”

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Overhead replays appeared to show that Wheeler’s left skate was on the blue line when he made his entry zone pass to Jacob Trouba. What those replays could not determine was whether Wheeler’s skate was on the ice or off. If it was off the ice, the play was offside. If it was on the ice, the play is onside.

“It is what it is,” Trotz said. “It’s flawed a little bit. They don’t want to call that in a hostile building, I’m sure. You can’t have a play like that on a six-inch tablet. You better put it on a big screen and look at it, and then have the people who are making those decisions make that decision, to me that was a good example of that. Anyway, I don’t agree with it. The league is doing their best to do it right. I’m totally for that, but I don’t know how they came up with inconclusive. That’s just my own opinion.”

The Caps are now 0-for-4 when they challenge an opponent’s goal. Meanwhile, of the four goals this season scored by Capitals that went to video review, three have been taken away.

Physical affair: As expected, the two teams threw some weight around the ice on Saturday, combining for 49 hits. Alex Ovechkin delivered a team-high five hits.

“It was an intense game,” said Caps center Nicklas Backstrom, who netted his ninth goal of the season on a second period power play.  “It was emotional from the start.  Lots of special teams in the beginning there, but they’re also a pretty good hockey team. Tight game so I wasn't surprised it was going to end in overtime.”

Statistically speaking: Caps defenseman John Carlson played a game-high 29:01 and blocked a team-high four shots.  The Jets went 1-for-5 on the power play with 11 shots on goal. The Capitals went 1-for-4 with four shots on goal. The Caps killed off a 5-on-3 that lasted 36 seconds in the first period. Caps goalie Braden Holtby stopped 34 of 36 shots but lost for the first time since Nov. 10, ending a string of eight wins.   Over his last 10 starts, Holtby is 8-1-1 with a save percentage of .940 having stopped 280 of 298 shots. The Caps held a 32-21 edge in faceoffs, led by Jay Beagle, who won 12 of 18.

What’s next: The Caps, who lead the Rangers by one point atop the Metro Division standings, return home to face the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

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Game 73 Capitals vs. Stars Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread


Game 73 Capitals vs. Stars Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Dallas Stars

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Stars will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Stars game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.


The Capitals (41-24-7) take on the Stars (38-27-8) Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena.


The Capitals-Stars game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Stars
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Islanders game:

Alex Ovechkin -  Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovsky - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Travis Boyd - Brett Connolly
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Michal Kempny - Jakub Jerabek

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body injury), Alex Chiasson, Brooks Orpik (lower body injury)


The Capitals-Flyers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


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Can Pittsburgh's past be a goalie rotation blueprint?


Can Pittsburgh's past be a goalie rotation blueprint?

It’s happened. The Caps no longer seem to have a No. 1 goalie anymore, they have a No. 1 and 1a.

That’s right, we have a goalie rotation in Washington.

“There's no sense riding one,” Barry Trotz said after practice on Monday. “[Braden Holtby] is coming back and looking better every game and [Philipp Grubauer] played pretty well for a long stretch so why not have both of them going?”

Grubauer got the start Sunday in Philadelphia and Holtby is slated to get the start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. After that we will have to wait and see.


Trotz has no layout for which goalie he wants to start and when in the remaining ten games. He is not thinking about each goalie splitting five games or which one he wants to use more.

Nope. Trotz has just one thing on his mind. It is all about who starts the next game, that’s it.

“I think you just go with a guy that's hot at the time and your team feels comfortable with and go from there,” Trotz said.

So where does this leave the goaltending situation when it comes to the playoffs? A goalie rotation is all well and good in the regular season, but he has to have one starter for the postseason, right?

Not necessarily.


When Trotz was asked if he philosophically believed in having one starter for the playoffs, Trotz initially said he would not answer, but then said, “Why don't you ask Mike Sullivan what he thinks.”

Sullivan, of course, is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins who has led his team to a Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons despite turning to both goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray in both seasons.

While Pittsburgh’s goalie rotation was largely based on injury, however, it still provides an example of how using both goalies can work in the playoffs and that seems to be the path the Caps are headed on at the moment.

Said Trotz, “You just have to go with your gut who you think is going to get the job done.”