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Ted Leonsis unhappy with officiating

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Ted Leonsis has done a heck of job building the Capitals into the most exciting team in the NHL, and he’s also one of the most outspoken owners in the league. He’s comparable to Mark Cuban in that respect, without all of the histrionics from the 2nd row of course.

After last night’s Armstrong hit on Matthieu Perreault, Leonsis was understandably upset with the lack of a penalty call on the hit. Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Blog has these thoughts from Leonsis, when he appeared on the Mike Wise show this morning.

“And then officiating. I was really upset last night. Go to YouTube. We’ve worked so hard to have the players respect one another, we don’t want hits in the head, and last night a player from Atlanta takes out one of our guys, throws his arm in his head, no penalty. I mean, not only is it showing no respect, but we didn’t get a power play. We only had one power play last night.”

This is an issue that is NHL-wide, not just something that’s gone against the Capitals. But it certainly sounds as though Leonsis is taking this personally.

He cares about this team, and he’s worked hard to get the Capitals into great position for a Stanley Cup run. But he also mentions in the interview that the Capitals have five “exhibition games” left.

I’d be more worried about the team’s ability to get through the next week or so, playing as hard as possible while gearing up for the playoffs. It’s tough to just turn on the lights when it matters, but the Caps shouldn’t have much trouble with that.