Midway through the first period, Braden Holtby went behind the net to play a dump in. After he chipped the puck to Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen, Holtby skated back to the crease. And that’s when things went terribly, terribly wrong.
Holtby’s skate blade got caught in a rut on the ice and fell over. It was not graceful.
The Red Wings’ Drew Miller, noticing Holtby laying helpless on the ice, immediately shot the puck into the yawning net. But then the Capitals got a present from the hockey gods. Official Mike Leggo, who was standing near the crease, whistled the play dead and called a phantom interference minor on Luke Glendening.
Basically, he told Glendening this even though he was maybe 10 feet away from Holtby.
So if the Caps win by one tonight, the Red Wings are allowed to have a major beef. And I will feel their pain. Okay, not really. Hahaha.