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Discuss: Caps big guns fire away, tie series at 2-2

May 5, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

Roman Hamrlik, Alex Ovechkin Getty Images

All series long we’ve been wondering when the Capitals’ biggest stars would step up and have a monster game. Turns out they were waiting for Game 4 to make it happen.

Washington got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and a game-winner on the power play from Mike Green to give the Capitals a 3-2 win over the Rangers and a 2-2 tie in the series.

Some thoughts to take with you into the comments:

—- Think Henrik Lundqvist would like a do-over on today’s game? Both Ovechkin and Green’s goals were tough ones to give up.

—– Doc and Edzo said it during the game but some mysterious calls made throughout the game.

—– Could we see Alex Ovechkin wind up talking to Brendan Shanahan over his hit on Dan Girardi? Ovechkin was hit for charging and went high on him. It certainly fits the bill for a suspendable offense.

—- Chris Kreider has been a wunderkind in the playoffs, but today was perhaps his worst game of the postseason. His turnover in the first set up Ovechkin for his goal and we didn’t see a lot of him late in the game. Have a look at Ovechkin’s first period goal.

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  1. tru2joelu4eva - May 5, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    i happened to be watching this game with my family, and my mom noted that john tortorella “looks like he would sell you a broken car”. good eye mom, good eye. go caps.

    • ron292120 - May 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      and Dale Hunter looks like someone who would cheap shot Pierre Turgeon after scoring a goal and knock him out of the playoffs…..Just sayin’

  2. ron292120 - May 5, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Dear NHL, If you want a longer series, don’t have the officials make it so freakin’ obvious.
    Sincerely, the whole world minus Washington………………..

    • stangz11 - May 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Yeah…how about that non-icing call that gave NY a goal? Or the high stick on Hendricks? There’s going to be missed calls in every game. The onlly thing that counts is how they even out. Nobody’s perfect

      • stakex - May 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        What non-icing call gave the Rangers a goal? The ref might have waved the icing off when they shouldn’t have, but it didn’t matter since the Rangers got to the puck first anyway. The wave off has absolutely zero outcome on the play. In fact, Washington should have made MORE of an effort to get to that puck since there was no icing on the play…. yet they didn’t.

        As for the refs, horrible call at the end yet again. Boyle clearly had his stick chopped and they didn’t call it, yet they call it a minute later against the Rangers? Utter BS. I’m not saying it wasn’t a penelty on the Rangers, but the non-call on whats suppose to be an automatic penelty just before it was awful. Call it all, or call nothing…. but call it even.

  3. capsrockva - May 5, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    great game go caps

  4. bdfools - May 5, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Three huge non-calls gave the Caps this game:
    – Boyle’s stick slashed out of his hand. (And then the exact same thing is called on Hagelin leading to the winning goal. Exact. Same. Thing.)
    – Uncalled trip on Callahan as he’s about to clear the puck, leading to the winning goal.
    – Puck batted directly into the seats by the Caps player’s glove.

    Oh, and if you think Ovechkin even gets a second thought on the hit where he clearly launched himself at Girardi’s head, you haven’t been paying attention. Shanahan only suspends non-stars and when someone suffers a serious injury.

    Caps in 7. NHL needs to keep Ovechkin around now that Crosby is out.

    • ron292120 - May 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      You are correct. Ovechkin is a repeat offender and cant be fined, would have to be suspended which everyone knows Shanny doesn’t do………

    • wicky888 - May 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      I totally agree with you. As a Flyers fan I HATE the Rangers …… but they got screwed today.

  5. kfretts - May 5, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    And the high stick that busted Hendricks nose was a mysterious call too, right? Should have been a 4 minute power play! Go Caps!

    • bdfools - May 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      I must have missed that one. Not saying it didn’t happen, I just don’t recall a replay or the announcers talking about it. (NBC coverage isn’t exactly very good. Tons of important replays never shown or started so late that they cut back to live action before the replay is done.)

    • gaborik104life - May 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Do not even start with the calls. The refs didn’t miss it they saw it they were terrible today and let it go to pay back the rangers for the horrible call. Only thing is they can’t give back a goal. Some of the worst reffing ever and not only in regards to penalties. The icing on the rangers. They made calls to balance their horrible calls to balance the game instead of reffing the game properly. What a joke.

  6. hulkhogan69 - May 5, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    What a brutally officated game. Boyle’s stick broken no call. Caps players stick broken late in the third of course a penalty. Cally was pulled down trying to clear the puck and the Caps score. Knuble throws the puck into the crowd no penalty. Ovechkin should have been tossed for his hit but he didn’t and he won’t be suspended.

    • stakex - May 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Correct on everything by the Ovi hit. Two minutes was the right call for that hit. If the league wants to do something more about it given his repeat status…. so be it, but the on-ice call was correct.

  7. sjsharks66 - May 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Bdfools your name says it all… You’re a fool. It’s not just the rangers that get missed calls. Do you only watch rangers games? It’s being going on for all the playoffs. Goal tending interference calls for caps and flyers. High sticks, slashes and bad hits. It happens all the time. Stop making excuses an just get ready for the next game.

    • bdfools - May 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Yes, I watch other games. Yes, the refs have been bad all around. And when the bad calls help determine the outcome of games, us fans are and should be frustrated.

      Put the whistles away. Let the players determine the outcome unless it’s something horribly blatant. (Like an automatic call of the puck being put right in the stands. Whoops, they can’t get that right either!)

      They generally do this in game sevens (and the game sevens this season have been generally well-officiated). Why the holy hell can’t they do that for every playoff game? They’re all important.

    • wethog66 - May 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      In the Boston/Caps series Thomas came out of the crease to put his blocker in Nicky’s face, no call. Holtby puts his blocker in the back of a Bruind, 2 minute penalty.

      NHL officiating overall is a joke. Its a contributing factor in why the NHL is #4 in NA professional sports, behind the joke that is the NBA. But to suggest the piss poor officiating favors one team over the other is simply silly. Refs can’t score goals.

  8. capsfan19 - May 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Are you all morons? Ovi was suspended already this year for three games…..
    And im getting real sick of people talking about hunter. It happened over 10 years ago and half of you probably didnt even see it. And besides at least we know he does cower away from things. Tortalinni starts talking and then is like “i uhhh i uhh wont answer any questions” ” oh yea the refs are stupid i mean uhhhh”

    • bdfools - May 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      So you’re saying he will be suspended? Since he is a repeat offender? Though regular season suspension and playoff suspension are two different things.

    • wethog66 - May 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      OV’s hit on Giardi was dirty. And I’m a Caps fan.

      Also, Hunter’s hit on Turgeon happened in the ’93 playoffs. Thats 19 years ago. The passage of time doesn’t make it ok though.

  9. gaborik104life - May 5, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Kreider was bound to make a mistake it was a big one but a great shot by OV. Not many players are putting that puck in but OV is one of them and it cost one on the scoreboard. Good job on Torts not talking to much in this one because I had five people watching the game with me and we were betting on the $ amount he would be fined. Hank was a beast in the first and Mcdonagh has to block that Green shot horrible positioning. Artie played awesome hopefully it continues. Glad to see Bickel get more than 5 minutes today. Did not expect this to be an easy or short series lets go blue.

  10. kotteintheslot - May 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    How can any of you say that Ovi should have been tossed and should be suspended with a straight face? He left his skates but barely and the contact was shoulder to shoulder. I agree the refs sucked but they sucked both ways. Get over it and enjoy this great physical series.

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      haha so you admit he committed penalty worthy of suspension then question peoples judgement on it. good one.

      • kotteintheslot - May 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        i admitted to a 2 min penalty moron. since when is every charge penalty suspension worthy?

      • girouxhasladyballs - May 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        “He left his skates”

        don’t get your jimmies rustled bro.

  11. mclovinhockey - May 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Nothing will come of it.. Neal did the same thing with a bigger rap sheet which ended with an injury and was not even given a 2 minute minor.

  12. cspsrbums - May 5, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    This great reading all the whinnying by the Ranger fans. Grow up they lost and that’s it. Ranger Power play sucks anyway the refs could give you 10 extra it wouldn’t matter. Maybe next game the Caps will spot you 2 PP and sit Ovi so you might have a chance That would be a proud way of winning a game. The two PP in triple over-time they couldn’t score all that did was tired out the Caps D. So with that said be some big or woman take the loss and move on When they are golfing next week withBoston you can cry about the noise when they Tee off.

  13. cspsrbums - May 5, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Men or woman

  14. cspsrbums - May 5, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Oh and by the way the Caps give you a chance every time Wideman and Schultz are on the ice what more do you want

  15. maddalone - May 5, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    What we have seen in this series is that when the on ice officials call what should be called in the playoffs the mandatory high sticks, delay of games and the taking away of a scoring chances these teams play great entertaining hockey and the better team at the end of that game will win. Unfortunately there have been some inconsistant calls late in the 3rd period, within minutes of each other,that influenced the outcome of two games. In Game 2, Brad Richards interference which was actually called as a holding penalty and Nicklas Backstrom subtle pick which enabled Alex Ovechkin to score the game winner, wasn’t called. In game 4, the non slash and slash calls that this post has previously mentioned that led to the Game Winning Goal. You know there is an issue with the on ice officiating, when an impartial television announcing team on a National Game observes four blatant penalties by one team in real time, that weren’t called by on ice officials. This has been a great entertaining what PlayOff Hockey should be kind of series, one where the best team will deserve to win, hopefully the outcome of the series isn’t influenced by dubious on ice officiating.

    • rg3isvictory - May 6, 2012 at 3:05 AM

      Stop your crying!!! The bad calls go both ways! Always amazed to hear grown men acting like ladies on this website!!! Sad

  16. cspsrbums - May 6, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Impartial commentators r u kidding me. Milbury can’t stand Ovi and the Caps. They r all over the rangers nuts about how they do this and that and all excited when they block or shoot the puck. They knock the Caps in all that they do and NBC should get rid of themTired of turning the TV down and listing to the commentaries from the radio. And be real you really think that so called interference from By Backstrom should have been called never not in regular season and not now. If it wasn’t slowed down on the replay and picked apart by the unbiased commentators it never seen. You Ranger fans never seez to amaze me you can take a win and everything was fine but if u lose the refs suck the other team cheating that goal shouldn’t have counted . You r enbararrsing to you and your team Quit it already they lost and will again

  17. cspsrbums - May 6, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    The Caps give you Wideman and Shultz every third shift what more do ranger fans want.

  18. press693 - May 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    what type of you rangers have 30seconds and walks off refused to stay around till all of press shows up a least Hunter stands up and answers all questions lets go caps beat a_____

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