After already clinching home ice and the number-one seed, the Capitals didn’t have much to play for on Saturday. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t play their hearts out.
Late in the second period, the Capitals saw a Kevin Shattenkirk goal overturned because Justin Williams collided with a flailing Anton Khudobin. Williams, believing Khudobin flopped, laughed at the bench after officials made their ruling. He got the ultimate payback 1:39 later.
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After a faceoff win, Nate Schmidt sent a slap pass to Evgeny Kuznetsov in the slot. Kuznetsov then sent a one-time pass to Williams who fired the puck past a helpless Khudobin.
The goal was Williams’ 24th goal of the season. It’s the most since he scored 33 in the 2006-07 season with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Kevin Shattenkirk’s overturned goal happened at the 17:31 mark of the second period. With Williams trying to screen Khudobin in the crease, the two players collided.
Khudobin dove backwards to the ice in an attempt to sell being hit.
Here’s the overhead look.
Officials believed there was interference on the play. Williams would get the last laugh on his very next shift.
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