Already down 1-0, the Capitals' deficit doubled midway through the first period when Ondrej Palat rifled a beautiful wrister to beat Braden Holtby.
It's a goal that should never have counted.
The play started when Dmitry Orlov tried to corral a puck in the neutral zone. He was pressured by Steven Stamkos and fell to the ice allowing Nikita Kucherov to pounce on it and drive before passing to Palat for the goal.
The issue was the pressure of Stamkos on Orlov which knocked him to the ice. Was it a trip?
You can see the replay here:
Just in case you were on the fence, here's a still image of the play from a different angle:
Yeah, that's a trip.
Stamkos clearly gets his leg out in front of Orlov's causing him to trip and fall.
It's a no call that cost the Caps a goal. After giving up a goal just 19 seconds into the game, a no-call like that leading to another goal is a major, major blow, but one they will have to put behind them if they hope to come back and steal Game 5.
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