Yet another game of questionable officiating, this time in Dallas on Saturday night. Since the Capitals would ultimately win, I felt it would be a better time to highlight another poor outing by the zebras, rather than sounding like sour grapes after a loss.
With the Capitals trailing 3-2 in the third period, the Stars’ Antoine Roussel would clip Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner in the face with his stick, drawing a two-minute minor for high-sticking. The problem? The high stick drew blood, which mandates a four-minute double-minor.
Alzner definitely bleeding. Don’t know why that’s not a double minor #CapsStars
— JJ Regan (@JJReganCSN) January 22, 2017
Alzner was indeed clearly bleeding. Television coverage showed Alzner spitting blood on the ice, so the question remains, WTH?
— BEEERGOOOD (@Makooch) January 22, 2017
Coach Barry Trotz would immediately ask for an explanation on why the penalty was not the four-minute variety, but to no avail.
— GIF Grand Maester (@myregularface) January 22, 2017
The Caps would have had another two minutes of power play time after T.J. Oshie’s game tying score, if the infraction was called correctly.
Considering Dallas’ porous penalty kill (29th in the league), the Caps could have potted the go-ahead goal, potentially winning in regulation, which would be the first time the Caps won in Dallas in regulation since 1995. Andre Burakovsky was just three-months old at that time. But anyway, a win is a win, I guess.
Another angle of Alzner questioning the call.
— Steve Wood (@skjwood) January 22, 2017
By Jon Sorensen