One of the turning points of the Tuesday’s game between the Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames came very late in the second period when Kevin Shattenkirk just barely managed to beat Brian Elliott for the power play goal. It came with less than three seconds remaining in the period and gave the Caps a 3-1 lead. The goal, which ultimately proved to be the game-winner, was his first with the Caps
…or was it?
“I didn’t think I got it,” Shattenkirk said after the game.
On Wednesday, the NHL officially awarded the goal to Backstrom with assists from Shattenkirk and Oshie.
Please note NHL's scoring change re #Caps third goal last night vs. Calgary. It should now read goal by Backstrom from Shattenkirk & Oshie— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) March 22, 2017
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A shot from Alex Ovechkin was blocked in front of the net by Calgary defenseman Deryk Engelland and bounced to open ice in the faceoff circle. Shattenkirk took advantage as he stepped up and snapped a shot at Elliott. Initially, it looked like Elliott had the puck squeezed into his arm, but it popped out out behind him and trickled towards the line. Both Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie took swipes at it and....
The puck went in the net. Goal Capitals.
But who got it?
Replays appeared to show that Backstrom may have just gotten a piece of the puck to knock it in. Yet, the goal was awarded to Shattenkirk.
And that left everyone a bit…confused.
“I saw those two fighting each other to try to poke it in,” Shattenkirk said. “Once I got the puck, I was pretty happy about it.”
When asked if he had gotten a piece of it, Backstrom said “I thought so yeah, but apparently not.”
Should the goal stand, it will be Shattenkirk’s first after nine games with the Caps. Regardless, it will be his first multi-point game for his new team as he also added an assist on Alex Ovechkin’s power play goal in the third period. He now has six points since the trade, good for .67 points per game. That currently ranks fifth among the Caps and the highest among the team’s defensemen.
But come Wednesday, he may find he has just six assists for Washington instead of one goal and five assists.
What does he think? Does Shattenkirk think it was his goal? “Nope. We'll see tomorrow if there's any scoring change. If there is, then I've just got to keep putting my head down and going for it again.”
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