Capitals coach Barry Trotz had his first opportunity at a coach’s challenge go against him on Friday night and he wasn’t happy about it.
With 5:15 remaining and the Caps holding a 2-0 lead on the Columbus Blue Jackets, a mad scramble in front of Braden Holtby’s crease resulted in Matt Calvert roofing a shot into the half-guarded net.
A goal was called on the ice, but replays seemed to indicate Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner interfered with Holtby in the crease moments before the goal.
So Trotz, who had a timeout in his pocket, used it on the coach’s challenge.
“We all said, ‘I think that’s interference,’” Trotz said following the 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets. “And then we got the word from our war room, if you will. Everybody was here for the San Jose goal that got called off, and if that’s called off, then (Calvert’s goal) is definitely goalie interference.”
Trotz was referring to an Oct. 13 goal by Dmitry Orlov that was disallowed because of Jay Beagle's interference with Sharks goalie Martin Jones. Those replays showed Beagle barely grazing the arm of Jones as Orlov’s shot soared into the net.
This time, at least in the opinion of Trotz, there was more contact between Jenner and Holtby.
“I look at it and their guy (Jenner) basically doesn’t allow Holtby to make the save,” Trotz said. “And so (Holtby) sort of gets split apart a little bit and therefor he’s not able to make a second or third save.
“Then Willy (Tom Wilson) comes in and bumps (Jenner) a little bit and the player is still in (Holtby’s) face. If it doesn’t allow him to play goal, I’m told it’s not a goal. They’ll have to give us clarification. We didn’t get anything from the referees.”
Trotz said Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan would “probably” call the NHL’s office to get clarification on why the goal was allowed to stand.
“It’s a good rule and it’s in place for a purpose,” Trotz said. “I may not agree with it but we battled through it and won. I just felt bad for Holts. I thought he deserved a shutout.”
Holtby, who finished with 29 saves in the win, was not nearly as worked up over the call but agreed with his coach.
“We’d obviously like to see it (overturned) which we thought it should have been,” Holtby said. “But at the same time it gave us a chance to work on our 6-on-5 (after the Blue Jackets pulled goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky) and I thought we did a very good job of that.”