The full segment featuring Alan May and Al Koken from Capitals Postgame Live will begin in the video player above momentarily.
With 2:09 left in the second period of Friday night’s Game 5 between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers, a long stalemate appeared to have been broken.
A Matt Niskanen shot from the top of the zone was deflected in front of the net by Washington’s Joel Ward, slipping past goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
But from the right side of the goal came a referee, disallowing the goal and calling goalie interference because of contact between Ward and Lundqvist.
The score would remain 0-0. The Capitals would eventually break the tie in the third period, but a late New York goal and another in overtime gave the Rangers a 2-1 win.
CSN analyst Alan May was asked about the sequence involving Ward and Lundqvist during Capitals Postgame Live.
“The league said the goaltender wasn’t allowed to play his position in the crease and there was incidental contact,” May said.
“Well, you know what? He came out of the crease, Joel Ward was never in the crease. Where the referee was, he was making that call regardless of what happened there but I believe that was the wrong call.”
Greg Wyshynski over at Yahoo! Sports has the full relevant portion of the rule here.
May would go on to explain after commending Washington head coach Barry Trotz’s restraint regarding the sequence.
“But there’s no surprise to me that … [the league] backed the ref. They always do. They never go against these guys.
“It was a very upsetting situation. The Caps scored early enough there that it really could have changed the way the rest of this game was played, but it doesn’t matter now and I’ve never seen the league go back and change any of their calls. They always back their guy. It doesn’t matter.”