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Ted Leonsis unhappy with officiating

Apr 2, 2010, 9:22 PM EDT

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Leonsis.jpgTed Leonsis has done a heck of job building the Capitals into the
most exciting team in the NHL, and he’s also one of the most outspoken
owners in the league. He’s comparable to Mark Cuban in that respect,
without all of the histrionics from the 2nd row of course.

After
last night’s Armstrong hit on Matthieu Perreault, Leonsis was
understandably upset with the lack of a penalty call on the hit. Dan
Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Blog has these thoughts from Leonsis
,
when he appeared on the
Mike Wise show
this morning.

“And then officiating. I was
really upset last night. Go
to YouTube
. We’ve worked so hard to have the players respect one
another, we don’t want hits in the head, and last night a player from
Atlanta takes out one of our guys, throws his arm in his head, no
penalty. I mean, not only is it showing no respect, but we didn’t get a
power play. We only had one power play last night.”

This is an
issue that is NHL-wide, not just something that’s gone against the
Capitals. But it certainly sounds as though Leonsis is taking this
personally.

He cares about this team, and he’s worked hard to get
the Capitals into great position for a Stanley Cup run. But he also
mentions in the interview that the Capitals have five “exhibition games”
left.

I’d be more worried about the team’s ability to get
through the next week or so, playing as hard as possible while gearing
up for the playoffs. It’s tough to just turn on the lights when it
matters, but the Caps shouldn’t have much trouble with that.

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