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Mike Ribeiro directs diatribe toward referees after Capitals loss

Jan 23, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

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Washington Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro wasn’t happy with the officiating during Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, as evidenced by a lengthy diatribe in a Washington Times blog post following the game.

Ribeiro, who the Capitals acquired at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Cody Eakin and a second-round pick, was reportedly high-sticked twice during Tuesday’s game.

According to Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times, Ribeiro twice confronted the officials as to why there was no call on either infraction. Ribeiro was handed a 10-minute misconduct and and an unsportsmanlike minor with 1:16 remaining in the third period after his second discussion with the refs.

His final meeting with officials actually took place after he set up Troy Brouwer for a power-play goal that cut the Jets lead to two goals.

Those comments put the cap on a frustrating night for the Capitals, who lost their second straight game to start the 2013 season, and second straight under the guidance of new head coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Adam Oates.

The Capitals, 6-3 losers to the Tampa Bay Lightning in their season opener Saturday, are supposedly having trouble adjusting to the new offensive style of play Oates wants to implement. Of course, the Capitals, led by their star Alex Ovechkin, have tried trending towards a more defensive style over the past few years, but also struggled with that aspect.

“It is a good system,” Oates was quoted as saying on “It’s going to be hard and we have to fight through that. I thought we could have had better execution. We didn’t give ourselves the opportunity to play the team game.”

  1. polegojim - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Classic… C’Mon Man!!!

    1) Just score more goals than your opponents… and the problem goes away.
    2) When is it EVER good… in ANY SPORT… to jaw in a prolonged fashion with a Ref? SHUT UP and play through the bad calls.

    The Caps have talent, just not chemistry. They need to fix the chemistry, and not let guys like Robeiro hurt them even worse.

    • dcfan4life - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Ribiero didnt hurt them. The game was over when he complained and got the penalty. And he was right, the officiating last night was awful. That being said, the Capitals did NOT lose because of the officiating. They lost because they cant penalty kill, cant score on the power play, have slow defenders, and look totally out of sync. With no training camp and a whole new system to implement, it isnt surprising the Caps are struggling. It is surprising how badly they are struggling…

      • polegojim - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Yes, that’s actually my point.

        Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemistry

        My Red Wings are going through the same thing… but the Wings have massive personnel changes.

        Chemistry can overcome lesser talent, but even high talent cannot typically over some lack of Chemistry.

        See LA Lakers… among others.

  2. sampulls - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Ribeiro need to ferme la bouche.
    It’s only game two of the season.
    Just be happy you are playing.

  3. missthemexpos - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Mike Ribeiro also wasn’t happy with ProHockeyTalk for not having an updated photo of him in his Washington uniform.

  4. sharksfan97 - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    He gets no calls because he’s a whiney little B.

  5. steeltownpride87 - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    I can see the Caps missing the playoffs all together . The Jets only scored a goal in its first 2 games and the Caps give up 4 ? lol And 6 to the Lightning ? Long season in the nations capitol .

    • valoisvipers - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Gotta agree with you, it will be the longest 48 game season they ever had. Ovi looks like he will be the Ovi like we have seen the last 2 seasons and maybe worse if Backstrom gets hurt again this year.

  6. Ross Hollebon - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    New coach, new system, 6 new players and no training camp. I’m a Caps fan that is not overly worried right now. I completely expected a slow start. It’s unfortunate there is a shortened season to go through this during, but that’s the way it is and like Coach Oates said, the guys have to battle through and work on it against opponents.

    • dipthatchip - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      I’m extremely worried. There are so many things blatantly wrong with this team in the first two games that I’m already expecting to miss the playoffs.

      MaJo is horrendous, Holtby is playing soft, our D lets forwards camp out in the crease all game long, Ovechkin is as predictable as ever.

      The only players who seem like they care are Ward, Ribeiro, Wolski, and Hendricks.

      For Slater to score last night, then shove Backstrom out of the way with not a single Cap stepping up to answer him, ugh

      • bcjim - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        Yes, the D does do way too much of that.

        Power play has looked promising if not yet real successful. Like to see Green getting more and closer looks. From midrange, he is deadly, long range…not as much but not bad.

        Their net rushing skills are lacking. No coordination with each other. OV does it all himself and usually fails, or nobody is in position to give or get a pass or trail for a rebound.

        I’d say Backstrom played ok too. Wolski, eh, not terrible but Im not as impressed as you. Hendricks and Ward are bringing it.I like Ribeiro so far.

      • dipthatchip - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        left out Beagle, he hustles game in and game out

      • Bart Breen - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Hendy answered him.

  7. valoisvipers - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Mickey Ribs is the Caps answer to Sidney Crosby, well at least in the whining department.

  8. bardown66 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Ha get over it, bad calls happen. I can see attitudes haven’t hanged on the caps. Missed their chance to win, had a two year window that Pittsburgh and Montreal slammed shut.

  9. Bart Breen - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Ribeiro is one of the few Capitals who’s looked like he’s working hard and hustling in the first two games, and what is more, the first high stick drew blood.

    Yes, complaining about the officiating isn’t a good idea and self-control is needed, but I’d rather see some emotion and effort out there from the whole team than to complain about Ribeiro at this point. At least he’s leaving something out there on the ice.

    • polegojim - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Yes Bart – that is true.

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