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The Penguins were not happy with the NHL's no-goal call on Patric Hornqvist

The Penguins were not happy with the NHL's no-goal call on Patric Hornqvist

The Pittsburgh Penguins thought they had climbed to within one goal of the Washington Capitals in the third period of Game 2 thanks to a goal from Patric Hornqvist.

They were mistaken.

At least, that's what the NHL ruled and that did not sit well with Pittsburgh.

"I don't know the angles that they had," Sidney Crosby said after the game. "But the one I saw it had to be a goal."

You can see the play in the video player above.

Crosby fed Hornqvist on a wraparound and Hornqvist appeared to shoot the puck off the pad of Braden Holtby and just over the goal line. The Penguins certainly thought so as they began celebrating.

The referee, however, called it a "no goal" on the ice. A review was triggered by the NHL Situation Room and the call was upheld: no goal.

According to a statement released by the Situation Room following the review, "Video review determined that there were no definitive replays which showed that the puck completely crossed the Washington goal line. Therefore, the Referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Pittsburgh."

One still picture from an angle that was shown on NBC's broadcast, however, suggested differently.

In this view, there does appear to be white in between the goal line and the puck which would suggest the puck had fully crossed the line.

"My view was that it's 100-percent a goal," head coach Mike Sullivan said. "When you blow it up, you can see the white. It's behind the post. Whether you use deductive reasoning or you can see the white, whatever it may be, that's how we saw it. So we respectfully disagree with the league and their ruling."

So why did the NHL rule this inconclusive?

The biggest sticking point was most likely the "snow," or ice shavings visible in the picture.

Look at the picture again. A portion of the goal line right next to the puck is obscured by the snow from the ice. A reasonable argument could be made saying the white you see between the puck and the goal line is actually snow and not empty space.

To me, it looked like a goal. On the replay, it certainly looked like the momentum of the play certainly carried the puck over the line. The fact that the NHL could not conclude with 100-percent certainty that the puck had crossed, however, meant that the call of no goal stood.


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2018-19 Metropolitan Division preview: Carolina Hurricanes


2018-19 Metropolitan Division preview: Carolina Hurricanes

The Capitals have won the Metropolitan Division three straight years. Can they defend their title? Here’s a preview of each team in the division for the 2018-19 season.

Today's team: Carolina Hurricanes

2017-18 Results: 36-35-11, 83 points, sixth in the division. Did not qualify for the playoffs.

Notable acquisitions: F Micheal Ferland, F Andrei Svechnikov, D Dougie Hamilton, D Calvin de Haan, G Petr Mrazek, head coach Rod Brind’Amour

Notable departures: F Elias Lindholm, F Joakim Nordstrom, F Derek Ryan, F Jeff Skinner, F Lee Stempniak, D Noah Hanifin, G Cam Ward, head coach Bill Peters

When they will play the Caps: Dec. 14 in Raleigh, Dec. 27 in Washington, March 26 in Washington, March 28 in Raleigh

Offseason recap: The offseason was one of change for the Hurricanes as new owner Tom Dundon tried to make his mark. Peters and Ron Francis are out, Brind’Amour and Don Waddell are in as coach and general manager. Carolina’s new front office had a busy offseason with a number of splashy moves.

Hanifin, Lindholm and Skinner all will have new homes next season as the Hurricanes traded all three players in two big-time trades. Hanifin and Lindholm netted the team Hamilton, Ferland and a prospect while Skinner brought back a prospect, a second, a third and a sixth-round pick.

In addition, Carolina also added Svechnikov with the second-overall pick in the draft.

Biggest strength: Defense

Carolina was solid defensively last season, it just didn't seem that way because of how bad the goaltending was. Adding de Haan and Hamilton bolsters what was already a formidable blue line.

Biggest weakness: Goaltending

Did I mention how bad their goaltending was last season? Darling and Ward combined for a .909 save percentage, better only than the Buffalo Sabres. Ward put up better numbers (2.73 GAA, .906 save percentage) than Darling (3.18 GAA, .888 save percentage), but he has moved on to the Chicago Blackhawks. To replace him, the Hurricanes picked up Mrazek who also struggled last season (3.03 GAA, .902 save percentage).

So to recap, Ward and Darling both had subpar years, but to replace Ward the Hurricanes picked up a goalie who was worse.

It makes sense that Carolina would want to give Darling another shot at earning the starting job considering they traded for him to be their starter of the future, but just because the goaltending could not get much worse than last season is no guarantee it will be better.

2018-19 season outlook: The Hurricanes enter the season with a lot of question marks.

Can Brind'Amour handle the responsibilities of being a head coach in the NHL with zero head coaching experience at any level? Did they do enough to address their scoring woes? Will someone play like a starting-caliber goalie? Is Dundon breaking the mold of an NHL owner or will his meddling negatively impact the team? Will Hamilton adjust to his new team? Is Svetchnikov ready for a top-line role in his rookie season? Is Sebastian Aho a center?

If they can find positive answers to all of those questions, this is a team that could surprise. More likely, however, there are simply too many issues in Carolina right now for this team to make any real noise.

A new owner, new general manager, new head coach and a new-look roster are too much for one team to adjust to in one season.

2018-19 season prediction: The Hurricanes miss the playoffs and it's not close.

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!


But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.