The Caps’ too many men penalty

This ended up being a fairly meaningless footnote to a moderately heartbreaking Caps loss, but it was still pretty funny. In the first period of Monday’s game 3, the Caps were whistled for too many men on the ice, even though their too-many-men were well outnumbered by the Rangers’ even-more-many-men.

Now, reasonable minds can perhaps disagree about this ruling.

“Perreault got called because he jumped in and played the puck,” wrote my friend Steve, a Rangers fan.

“The ref argument will be that none of the Rangers extra players affected the play but that the Caps extra player did. Hogwash,” wrote Kareem E. at Japers Rink.

“LOOK AT THIS BUNCH RIGHT HERE, THERE’S EIGHT GUYS ON THE ICE FOR THE RANGERS,” Craig Laughlin noted calmly, although he actually under-counted by one.

Like I said, it didn’t particularly matter, other than in the cumulative wear of many penalty-killing situations, perhaps. But it led to this, which for my money was the best part of game 3.

(Top image via @Gray_Jason via @JapersRink. Bottom image via @MFiller90 via @russianmachine.)

 

UMPSHOW OF THE NIGHT
Since I’m apparently playing the role of blind homer this week, check out this video of Bryce Harper’s ejection on Sunday. The Pittsburgh broadcast stuck with Harper, and, well, he didn’t really do all that much. Via @rocket1124.

 

PAINFUL TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Former Georgetown guard Chris Wright made this observation during Steph Curry’s explosion against San Antonio.

 

AMAZING CRIME SCENE INTERVIEW OF THE NIGHT
This is just amazing. It comes from Cleveland, and features the man who rescued Amanda Berry. He is already legend.

 

ARTICLE THAT WILL MAKE YOU MAD
I like Dave Zirin, as a guy and a writer, but I dunno. Here’s his take from Robert Griffin III’s recent visit to the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville: “At the end of his Twitter commentary about The Champ, Robert Griffin III wrote, ‘The Ali Center confirmed my belief that although we, as people around this world, are different, we can all help & learn from each other.’ He’s correct. But a precondition of helping and learning from one another is respect. RGIII is under no obligation to say anything about the Redskins name. But if he learned nothing else from the Muhammad Ali Center, it should be that sometimes you just have to speak out no matter the risk, no matter the trends or trend-lines.”

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats host the Tigers at 7 on MASN. The Pacers visit the Knicks at 7 on TNT. The Penguins visit the Islanders at 7 on NBC Sports Network. All TV and radio listings are here.

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Dan Steinberg · May 6, 2013