Late in overtime, the Washington Capitals had a chance to end the game when the Anaheim Ducks took a too-many-men penalty. It gave the Caps a four-on-three power play, which they frittered away 16 seconds later when TJ Oshie closed his hand on the puck.
On the live telecast, you could see Caps captain Alex Ovechkin protesting the delay of game penalty by standing directly in front of official Gord Dwyer who was trying to announce the call. Dwyer seemed testy, waving his arms around all willy nilly at Ovechkin, but it was nothing too out of the ordinary.
According to reader Megan C., there was much more to this Ovechkin/Dwyer interaction. I’ll let her explain:
The game in Anaheim just ended and I was listening to it on Caps radio and during OT, like right after they blew the whistle on Oshie for closing his hand over the puck, the radio mics somehow got crystal clear audio of the referee yelling “GET AWAY FROM ME!!!!” supposedly towards Ovi. It was absolutely amazing and Walton was getting a kick out of it.
I reached out to the Caps radio announcer and contributor to Caps Radio 24/7 (which you can listen to here), John Walton, and he was kind enough to give me the audio.
It’s a treasure.
Dwyer, whose mic is both on and hot, first asks Ovechkin to “get out of here.”
A few seconds later, he’s a bit more adamant. He screams at Ovechkin, “Get away from me!!!”
Walton cracks up.
“And the mic’s on,” Walton said. “Okay, it’s not good that the penalty was called, but that was a moment of the game you don’t get to hear very much. He was talking to Alex Ovechkin and that was Gord Dwyer, the referee, ‘Get away from me.’ I am glad we captured that moment even if the power play is short lived.”
I couldn’t agree more, John. What a night for the officials.
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