Questionable Officiating Helps Hurricanes Force Game 7

With the Washington Capitals trailing the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 midway through the third-period, it appeared as if Alex Ovechkin tied the game at three for Washington and possibly overtime. However, the referees for some strange reason waved the goal off on the ice because maybe they didn’t see the puck.

The referees reviewed the play and the call was confirmed on the ice no goal. It was obvious that the puck was in the back of the net, but did Ovechkin maybe interfere with Petr Mrazek? The referees said nothing about that at all.

With all of that momentum, it would lead to two more goals by Carolina and they were scored by Justin Williams with 8:02 remaining in regulation and an empty-net goal by Dougie Hamilton with 3:06 remaining in regulation to lift the Hurricanes to a 5-2 win over the Capitals. The series is tied at three games a piece.

Alex Ovechkin got tossed late in the game and is it time to wonder if that no goal call is in Washington’s head heading into Game 7? It very well could be and I wouldn’t be surprised. Anything can go in a Game 7 and I have a gut feeling Carolina might find a way to knock off the defending champions.

The New York Islanders don’t mind that these two teams are still playing each other and New York will be well rested for the second-round of the NHL postseason.

Brett Connolly scored 5:06 into the game for Washington.

Warren Foegele scored with 9:25 remaining in the first-period for Carolina. They have won all three games in this series when Foegele has scored at least one goal.

Alex Ovechkin made it 2-1 in favor of the Washington Capitals with 4:48 remaining in the first-period.

Teuvo Teravainen scored a goal for the Carolina Hurricanes 1:56 into the second-period.

Jordan Staal made it 3-2 Carolina 3:51 into the third-period and the rest was history.

Braden Hotlby made 31 saves for Washington.

Petr Mrazek made 23 saves for the Hurricanes.

Game 7 will be on Wednesday night in Washington D.C. at Capital One Arena. There will be at least three Game 7’s in the NHL and there could be four of them.


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