News, notes and quotes as the Capitals enjoy a Sunday off after seeing their six-game win streak snapped with a 2-1 overtime loss in Winnipeg Saturday night:
Feeling ripped off: Thousands of fans had already left MTS Centre when Mark Scheifele’s overtime goal was finally ruled a good goal because of inconclusive evidence that Blake Wheeler was offside on the Jets’ zone entry.
Capitals coach Barry Trotz immediately called linesman Mark Wheler to the bench and asked for a video review and after nearly 10 minutes of watching the replay on a tablet, referee Dean Morton ruled the play was inconclusive, allowing the goal to stand.
“I’m 100 percent sure it was over,” Trotz trold reporters after the game. “We thought it was originally live, and then you look at the three different angles, it’s no question. They’ll give you an ‘inconclusive’ statement I’m sure and protect their guys.”
Overhead replays appeared to show that Wheeler’s left skate was on the blue line when he made his entry zone pass to Jacob Trouba. What those replays could not determine was whether Wheeler’s skate was on the ice or off. If it was off the ice, the play was offside. If it was on the ice, the play is onside.
“It is what it is,” Trotz said. “It’s flawed a little bit. They don’t want to call that in a hostile building, I’m sure. You can’t have a play like that on a six-inch tablet. You better put it on a big screen and look at it, and then have the people who are making those decisions make that decision, to me that was a good example of that. Anyway, I don’t agree with it. The league is doing their best to do it right. I’m totally for that, but I don’t know how they came up with inconclusive. That’s just my own opinion.”
The Caps are now 0-for-4 when they challenge an opponent’s goal. Meanwhile, of the four goals this season scored by Capitals that went to video review, three have been taken away.
Physical affair: As expected, the two teams threw some weight around the ice on Saturday, combining for 49 hits. Alex Ovechkin delivered a team-high five hits.
“It was an intense game,” said Caps center Nicklas Backstrom, who netted his ninth goal of the season on a second period power play. “It was emotional from the start. Lots of special teams in the beginning there, but they’re also a pretty good hockey team. Tight game so I wasn't surprised it was going to end in overtime.”
Statistically speaking: Caps defenseman John Carlson played a game-high 29:01 and blocked a team-high four shots. The Jets went 1-for-5 on the power play with 11 shots on goal. The Capitals went 1-for-4 with four shots on goal. The Caps killed off a 5-on-3 that lasted 36 seconds in the first period. Caps goalie Braden Holtby stopped 34 of 36 shots but lost for the first time since Nov. 10, ending a string of eight wins. Over his last 10 starts, Holtby is 8-1-1 with a save percentage of .940 having stopped 280 of 298 shots. The Caps held a 32-21 edge in faceoffs, led by Jay Beagle, who won 12 of 18.
What’s next: The Caps, who lead the Rangers by one point atop the Metro Division standings, return home to face the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
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