April 17, 2011
Penalties play a
big role in Game 3

For a fairly even Game 3 between the Capitals and Rangers, much of the talk afterward centered on the large differential in penalties. Washington was called for eight compared to New York’s four. The Capitals were largely critical of their elf control in the 3-2 loss.

“A lot of them, obviously, we were guilty,” Matt Hendricks said. “[We’ve] just gotta really watch our sticks there. They’re calling them a little tight now in the playoffs, as everyone’s heard around the league we’ve just got to be a little more disciplined.”

After the game, Coach Bruce Boudreau said if the Rangers were going to be antagonistic, the Capitals needed to make sure they remained calm. During the game, though, he voiced his complaint about the officiating to Darren Pang during NBC’s broadcast.

“Well, we gotta stay out of the penalty box,” Boudreau told Pang, “but I mean, they’re pretty ticky-tacky little calls out there for a playoff game.”

Center Nicklas Backstrom didn’t like the way the penalties fell, either.

“Obviously it’s disappointing,” he said. “I don’t know; some of those calls wasn’t a penalty, I think. That’s what happens in the playoffs, and you just have to get ready for the next game.”

‘Shocked’ by call

New York Rangers winger Ruslan Fedotenko said he was “shocked” when his apparent go-ahead goal at the buzzer to end the second period was overruled. Had it counted, the Rangers would have taken a one-goal lead into the third.

“I thought, for sure, it crossed the line on time because I saw the puck cross the line and then I heard the buzzer,” Fedotenko said. “I was 99.9 percent sure it was a goal. So I was pretty shocked when they disallowed it.”

As the clock wound down, Fedotenko fired a shot toward the Washington net. It hit Capitals defenseman John Erskine and wound up trickling past goalie Michal Neuvirth.

The officials on the ice confirmed that the puck was in the net. The only question was whether it had crossed the goal line before the green light behind the cage flashed on. After a video review by officials in Toronto, the goal was not allowed.

The letdown of having a goal wiped out could have lingered into the third period for New York, which had been struggling to score. But the Rangers didn’t let it.

“We were fine,” Rangers Coach John Tortorella said. “Once they said it wasn’t [a goal], I said, ‘Let’s get in the room.’ We just went about our business.”

— Katie Carrera and

Tarik El-Bashir

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