Seemingly no game in a Capitals-Penguins series can be without controversy and Game 4 was no exception.
Evgeni Malkin's game-winning goal in the second period was very close to the goal line and required a review before it was called a goal. This time a review showed the puck clearly crossed the goal line, but that's not where the controversy started. After the play was reviewed and called a goal, head coach Barry Trotz immediately challenged for goalie interference.
The issue was Patric Hornqvist who took a swipe at Braden Holtby's pads after a loose puck and then either dove or was pushed into the hip of Holtby.
"Most goaltenders have the ability once they get their edges down and they can move to any other puck," Trotz said. "He wasn't able to do that. That's what we felt. I know it wasn't much, but Hornqvist wasn't driven in there, he was skating in full bore."
A goal review in Game 2 almost cost the Caps a goal as Brett Connolly took a similar swipe at the pads of Matt Murray. Since that goal was upheld, it was unlikely the Hornqvist swipe would overturn Malkin's goal.
The real issue is the dive/push of Hornqvist to Holtby's hip. While you could argue he had time to reset after the slash, Holtby was clearly affected by the hit to the hip. Because of that, he could not get set to save the next shot which hit off the far post and trickled on the goal line where Malkin was able to hit it in.
One angle appears to show Brooks Orpik pushing Hornqvist into Holtby. Another view from the front, however, makes it appear as if Hornqvist dove into Holtby after the puck. If that were the case, this would absolutely be goalie interference.
If 10 people watched this video, you would likely get 10 different opinions on what happened. It's just another possible goalie interference call that no one is really sure how it should be called and it may or may not have cost the Capitals the game-winning goal.
"It's frustrating because you don't really know what the call is," Holtby said.
Can we please just get rid of the interference reviews? Please?