Tensions flared in the Washington Capitals' 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 6 Monday, and Alex Ovechkin was finally pushed to the brink in the final minutes of regulation.
He had a small encounter with Dougie Hamilton early on and a goal to boot, and in the third period his emotions started to get the better of him as he and the Capitals started to see favor shift in the Hurricanes' direction.
The Caps were trailing 3-2 early in the third, and when Ovechkin appeared to have tied the game by crashing the net and pushing a loose puck past Petr Mrazek, it was disallowed for goaltender interference. Washington challenged the no-goal, but the call stood, and the Caps lost their timeout. Ovechkin was ... not happy.
"No goal" pic.twitter.com/XnbfzygDe3— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) April 23, 2019
As if that call wasn't frustrating enough, Ovechkin was called for slashing with a little over a minute remaining in regulation, spoiling any chance of a comeback with Washington already down 5-2. With nothing to lose, Ovechkin engaged in some yelling with the officials and mock-applauded them. He was then ejected from the game.
Ovi applauds the refs after slashing call, gets ejected. pic.twitter.com/kp1UeGHW7L— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) April 23, 2019
Ovechkin has been outstanding for Washington this series, with four goals and eight points so far. After falling 5-2, Washington will face Carolina in Game 7 on Wednesday with the series tied 3-3.
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