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Alan May weighs in on controversial negated Ward goal


Alan May weighs in on controversial negated Ward goal

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.”

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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.


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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.

The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.

It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown. 

Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman. 

Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram: 

Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!

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Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.