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Were the Bruins offsides on game-winning goal?

But hey, sometimes you have to do what the situation demands. Witness the Philadelphia Daily News calling Sidney Crosby a coward, for example.

Plus, concerning the local playoff series, Boston started it, in the form of this blog post from CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty.

One highlight:

The Washington coach started distorting the rodent prism through which he views hockey by saying the Backstrom's cross-check to Rich Peverley’s face “wasn’t that bad” following Game 3. The Washington center was the third Caps skater to shove a stick into the face of a Bruins’ opponent during their three-game series.

That’s not a coincidence. It’s a pattern, and a troubling one.

Nobody needs Craig Janney or Pierre Turgeon to step forward as character witnesses in the case of Hunter vs. the Boston Bruins. It’s pretty clear the Caps coach is trying to steer attention away from a Washington hockey club that’s acting like a group of out-muscled skaters. It appears the Capitals feel their only way to defend themselves is by cross-checking anything Black and Gold that wanders across their path.

Yow! I mean, maybe I’ve been wearing one too many Obama masks while watching these games, but that doesn’t necessarily square with the series I’ve been watching. Course, I’ve taken a few bathroom breaks during the action. I suppose the Caps might have gooned it up while I was in the potty.

Plus there’s this comment, written by J.P. himself:

“For all the supposed whining, I really have seen next-to-nothing about the missed offside that preceded the GWG,” he wrote on Tuesday. “I assume most of us just chalked it up to a missed call which wasn’t even close to the proximate cause of the goal and moved on. I can imagine a truly whiny lot would’ve shed tears over that.”

Instead, this lot had an intense discussion on the meaning of “leading edge” vis-a-vis the blue line. And I’m not sure anyone decided for sure what the answer was. Here’s what the NHL rule book says:

A player is off-side when both skates are completely over the leading edge of the blue line involved in the play.

A player is on-side when either of his skates are in contact with, or on his own side of the line, at the instant the puck completely crosses the leading edge of the blueline regardless of the position of his stick.

Either way, add it to the list of potential slights, if you’d like to be a truly whiny lot.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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