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Dale Hunter claims Boston was offside before Game 3 winner

Apr 18, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

The Danny Briere phantom offside might be the most memorable missed offside of the playoffs so far, but Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter will tell you that a pretty big one slipped by in Game 3 of his team’s series against the Boston Bruins. Stephen Whyno provides the story as well as a video example for your perusal:

Here’s video of the goal that eventually resulted:

Hunter must not be happy with the hand the Capitals are being dealt as Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended and this missed call happened. Here’s what he said about it.

“[Officials] do miss stuff,” Hunter said. “The other night, the winning goal was offside … Definitely offside. It was a bad call.”

Oh, and here’s a devious little nugget: Whyno points out that the same linesmen who called the game with the missed Briere offside was on hand for that one. Yikes.

With all that in mind, do you agree with Hunter? If so, is it time to get some tinfoil caps with red No. 8’s on them?

  1. back2backbees - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Dale Hunter = habsman

  2. brianforster - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    heres a freeze frame shot, seems like offsides to me

    • back2backbees - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      Do you have a freeze frame of the puck outside the zone you pink hat fool?
      It’s before that blue line thingy…

      • ithacamike - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:26 AM

        Wow, hockey newbie? In this particular situation, since the puck is still on the blue-line, it’s outside the zone.

        So yes…Kelly is offsides, but barely. Hunter’s attempting gamesmanship to influence the zebras and get few calls in Game 4.

        P.S. Boston fans should never use the pink hat line on any other fan base…the Red Sox have the patent on that one.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      If you’re freeze-framing off-sides calls, I think it’s close enough to be a wash for the lineman working that line

  3. terriers4 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Ya there is no denying it was offsides… but it seems like Dale Hunter is looking for excuses why they lost and really should be just thinking about how to beat the Bruins.

    • maalea - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      It’s called working the officials. Guess what…. sometimes it works.

      • terriers4 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM

        Fair enough. I just think he should really focus on the game rather than being caught up in the officials. Just my opinion

  4. rfoster75 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    for sure offsides, but good gracious, move on. this is a very winnable series! .The Bruins got lucky that Hotlby let in two big time softies, (and that no offsides was called on the above play)…it happens. Hunter needs to be better than this. Seriously. These bruins are not winning it all this year…take them!

    • itsallniceonice - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      I know! I can’t wait until the Bruins offense actually challenges Holtby. These soft goals are unacceptable. They should and will smoke this kid next game and I sure can’t wait to see them smoke this kid next game!

      Bruins easily have what it takes to repeat this year, you evidently don’t pay attention to the league. The cynic in me says no but they sure have it. Hopefully we can see some Nov/Dec coming up.

  5. arbruins - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Hunter needs to concentrate on getting his team to play better…he whines to freakin much.

  6. sabatimus - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    So what?

  7. dropthepuckeh - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    What a tool. What will Hunter do for work next week?

  8. lordstanley65 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Coach a girl’s soccer team.

  9. 2dollarpbrs - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    In related news Dale Hunter claims Dunkin Donuts started in Wershington DC

    Just sayin………………………..

  10. drewsylvania - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Photo finish. Linesmen make worse calls every game. Change his middle name to Sympathy.

  11. amerika1313 - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Sheesh, Hunter… Need a hanky, you crybaby? Let it go, big guy.

  12. fullbagg - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Hello Bruin nation. Get your head out you butts.

    • amerika1313 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      So…because a Washington Post columnist paints the Bruins as cheap shot artists that makes it true? Never mind the fact that what he’s describing is, well, hockey, right? And that pretty much all of what he rambles on about is true of almost every team in the league… Somehow this for you adds up to thinking all Boston Bruins fans need to “Get your head out of you butts”? For one thing, “Bruin nation” is a singular noun, so you wouldn’t say “butts”, as in one object with multiple butts. And then there’s the whole “out you butts” thing which just sounds dumb. Let me just plug all of this into the Idiot Fan Calculator and…let’s see…Yup! You, sir, are an idiot.

      • chocolatecitywarrior - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM

        Bruin nation = polesmoker. Better?

      • fullbagg - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        I was on my cell. Very sorry! I’m surpised someone as educated as you obviously are would even venture into a disgusting hokey blog. Wise only brought up the facts. But lets not let the facts get into the way! Lets show another Hunter video. The Caps have been a scoring machine in the past and that doesn’t work, come playoff time. So they have evolved. (Ooooo, a bigger word!!) But its just goes to show, the whole playoff series have been getting “chippy” to borderline out of control. Bruin nation can still kiss my ass though. Hope i’s spellss dat betta!

      • amerika1313 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

        “Bruin nation = polesmoker” is more grammatically correct, yes. Good job!

      • amerika1313 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        A – Who cares if you were on your “cell”? What has that got to do with the pointlessness of your post and my response to it? B – I have no idea what “hokey” is. C – Wise gave his opinions on what he sees to be facts. Opinions are not facts. D – What word is “evolved” supposed to be bigger than? Not following you on that one. E – Yes, it has been a physical, and at times chippy series, so it’s fitting right in with the rest of the ongoing series. This plays right into the Bruins’ style, though, so that’s probably why their fans don’t mind, and the players and coaches don’t go complaining to the media because the game is too physical for them to take. F – As far as the ass-kissing: no thanks. I don’t know where that thing’s been. G – Nope. “Spells” only has one s at the end. Keep trying though!

      • fullbagg - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        You forgot H!!! You so sweet. I- I luv U! J- suck it! K-K?

      • amerika1313 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        Yeah. Um…Good one? You may want to consider switching to decaf, or perhaps not texting while under the influence. Best of luck on all that!

    • homelanddefense - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      wow, who wrote that a 15 year old girl? Whaaaaa.

      I guess the Capitals are choir boys.

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