During the Caps-Oilers line brawl in the third period, Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates had a hall-of-fame meltdown on the bench. After hearing what the penalties were from officials, Oates flashed his teeth like a predator trying to scare its prey. He also cursed.
Thanks to a question from NBC Washington’s Adam Vingan, we now know why. Oates thought Ovechkin’s hit, which started the melee, was legal.
“My first view of it — you know, it’s in the corner, that’s a tough corner for me — I thought the guy had the puck as Ovi hit him,” Oates explained during his post-game press conference. “And clearly, you know, those guys are on the ice to stir it up, which we understand. I thought that maybe the referee made a mistake there. He thought it was interference. He thought the puck had been long gone.”