Monday night in Pittsburgh, the Capitals lost to the Penguins 8-7 in overtime. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead, the Caps — who looked like they were going to coast to their tenth-straight victor — lost all their momentum after a blown call. Pens forward Patric Hornqvist crosschecked TJ Oshie in the head.
Two days later, Alex Ovechkin was still not happy about it.
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“Before four-on-four, there was a straight headshot on Osh and no call,” Ovechkin said to the media after practice. “It was six men on the ice.”
Then Ovechkin went through the conversation he had with the official on the ice.
“I asked him, ‘Why he didn’t see that? Why didn’t you call that?'”
“They said, ‘Well, I was watching six men on the ice and other guy see same.'”
“‘Why didn’t you call that?’” Ovechkin asked.
“‘Oh we figured out – you know – try to do something else.’”
“I was like, ‘Hey, just call it.’ And then you kill the game and kill our momentum.”
Later in overtime, Ovechkin was tripped by Sidney Crosby. Instead of a whistle, the Pens would go down on their next rush and score the game-winning goal.
“I would say it’s very bad situation out there,” Ovechkin said. “And overtime the same. It was a trip. No call. Everybody makes mistakes.”
“It’s emotional,” Ovechkin continued. “Everybody get involved. Everybody have emotions. Again If it’s 100% and nobody make a whistle and don’t make a call, of course everybody going to be mad.”
In the end though, Ovechkin admitted he mostly enjoyed the dramatics in Pittsburgh.
“Last game was a pretty fun game,” Ovechkin said. “We were up 3-0. Then we were down by 2. Then we come back. That’s hockey. Sometimes that kind of stuff happens. It’s fun to watch. It’s fun to win that type of game, but it’s not fun to lose that type of game.”
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