The Capitals looked to be in the driver’s seat after Justin Williams extended the team’s lead to 3-0 over the Penguins. Then referees Frederick L’Ecuyer and Dan O’Halloran missed an obvious penalty and everything went to hell.
Patric Hornqvist cross-checked forward TJ Oshie in the chin, causing the Caps forward to leave the game briefly. The officials missed it.
Watch as Oshie digs in the corner for the loose puck, Hornqvist comes in on his blind side and launches into Oshie’s face.
Oshie’s head whiplashes up into the air before he falls to the ice. Hornqvist appears to catch Oshie in the throat and chin with his stick and glove.
Hornqvist would get matching minors for roughing along with Daniel Winnik after the two briefly scrummed after the whistle.
Beginning on the next shift, the Penguins would score five-straight goals (Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary, Nick Bonino, Bryan Rust, and Evgeni Malkin again) in 8:06.
The referee is definitely Hornqvist's dad, right?
— RMNB (@russianmachine) January 17, 2017
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