Capitals Vs. Stars: Potential Buzzer Beater Washed Out For Capitals As They Fall 2-1 To Stars

The Capitals apparently had the game tied up at the buzzer, but the referees immediately washed it out, leaving Washington with the bitter taste of defeat in their mouths as they lose 2-1 in Dallas.

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Video Proof The Alex Ovechkin Didn't Really Interfere With The Dallas Goalie

If you happened to miss the Capitals game last night and are thinking to yourself, "there's no way the refs would blow such an obvious call," I offer this visual evidence as proof to the contrary.

Check out that super slo-motion replay. Ovie is riding the defender's back, but that doesn't necessarily mean that that it was Ovie who interfered with the goalie. It is clearly the defender who falls into his own goalie. It's not Ovie's fault that the guy isn't strong enough to keep his balance when Ovie gets on him. This is a contact sport, right?

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This doesn't look like too much of a push, just some contact that caused the defender to lose his balance. Ovechkin isn't even the one who makes the direct contact with the goalie. I didn't realize that officiating in the NHL was based on the transitive property. But what do I know? I'm not a professional hockey player. Let's see what they have to see, via On Frozen Blog.

Ovechkin for his part seemed just as incensed by the call out on the ice as his coach. He seemed in his animation far more perturbed than your typical athlete on the short end of a tough call. In the visitor’s locker room he reviewed the replay and kept his ire clipped and curt.

“I just saw the replay. No comment about it. It’s unbelievable.”

I agree with you, Ovie.

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Capitals Vs. Stars: Potential Buzzer Beater Washed Out, Capitals Lose 2-1 In Dallas

Buzzer beaters aren't normally seen in hockey. The Washington Capitals thought that they had one Thursday against the Dallas Stars, but the referees thought otherwise.

John Carlson's potential buzzer beater seemingly tied the game, but the referees washed it out immediately and the Stars prevailed in a 2-1 victory.

Carlson scored with less than ten seconds left and the puck found its way behind Andrew Raycroft. Yet, as soon as the Capitals began to celebrate, the referee closest to the play signaled that the goal would not count due to either incidental contact or goaltender interference after Alex Ovechkin was in the crease. Upon review, it looked like it was Dallas defenseman Karlis Skrastins who ran into Raycroft, but the call stood.

Regardless, the Capitals had a hard time getting anything going against Dallas. The Stars opened the scoring late in the second period on their fourth power play of the night, all which came in the second period. James Neal set up behind the Capitals' goal and found Brad Richards on the right faceoff circle for a wrist shot. Michal Neuvirth would stop Richards' shot with his leg pad, but left a rebound for Ribeiro to stuff home for his fourth goal of the season at 13:29.

The Capitals would get their power play chances in the third period, where Mike Green would find Mike Knuble open on the right side of the net to tie the game at 1-1. Just 20 seconds later, however, Brandon Segal fired a wrist shot that seemed to fool Michal Neuvirth and restore the Stars' lead at 2-1.

In his Capitals debut, defenseman Scott Hannan had 19:02 TOI and four blocked shots. Hannan was in the penalty box for Ribeiro's goal; Hannan had only six penalty minutes in 23 games with the Colorado Avalanche before the Capitals acquired him Tuesday.

 

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Capitals Vs. Stars: Penalties Spell Doom For Caps, Who Trail 1-0 After Second Period

The Washington Capitals entered tonight's game having committed seven minor penalties in their last two games. The Capitals entered the second period on the penalty kill and would commit three more penalties throughout the second period. The fourth time ended up being the charm for the Dallas Stars.

Mike Ribeiro scored on the power play at 13:29 to give the Stars a 1-0 lead over the Capitals after two periods.

James Neal set up behind the Capitals' goal and found Brad Richards on the right faceoff circle for a wrist shot. Michal Neuvirth would stop Richards' shot with his leg pad, but left a rebound for Ribeiro to stuff home for his fourth goal of the season.

The Capitals are outshooting the Stars 24-15, but allowed Dallas to gain momentum with their three power play opportunities. Scott Hannan, Washington's newly acquired defenseman, was in the penalty box during the goal. Hannan had only six penalty minutes in 23 games with the Colorado Avalanche before the trade. Hannan has 13:40 TOI and four blocked shots.

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Capitals Vs. Stars: 0-0 First Period

The first period of the Capitals tilt against the Dallas Stars ended in a scoreless draw with both teams failing to capitalize on several quality scoring chances as the Capitals outshot the Stars, 14-7.

Erich Fehr's stuff attempt in the games first minute was stopped by the Stars Andrew Raycroft, then Fehr missed wide right on a rebound attempt with the net virtually wide open.

Alex Ovechkin also whiffed on a shot after a clean faceoff win by the Capitals. Ovechkin was open at the top of the slot, but whiffed as he attempted to shoot into a wide open shooting lane.

Michael Neuvirth, making his first start since Nov. 20, made several big stops in the first period despite not facing many shots.

Neuvirth stopped Brenden Morrow from the bottom of the right circle in the games first five minutes, then stopped Jamie Benn as he streaked down the near boards several minutes later.

Neuvirth's best save came on a scramble in front on an attempt by Brad Richards. With Neuvirth down on his knees and several players around him, Richards attempted to stuff the puck in, but Neuvirth easily stopped the puck before covering it.

Caps defenseman John Erskine left the game early after loosing his footing on a check and falling akwardly into the end boards. Erskine did, however, with a little over four minutes left in the period.

Newly acquired defensemen Scott Hannan skated seven minutes and 30 seconds in his Capitals debut, which led all Capitals in the first period

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Capitals Vs. Stars: Starting Lineup

Via Capitals Insider's Katie Carrera, here is tonight's starting lineup for the Washington Capitals as they prepare to face off against the Dallas Stars in Dallas. Scott Hannan will make his Capitals debut in a defensive pairing with John Erskine. Michal Neuvirth will start for the first time since November 20.

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Varlamov

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Capitals Vs. Stars: Big Defenseman Scott Hannan Makes His Caps Debut In 'Big D' Against Stars

The Washington Capitals defeated the St. Louis Blues Wednesday for their first win in Missouri since 1996. On Thursday, the Capitals hope to get a big win in "Big D" against the Dallas Stars in defenseman Scott Hannan's Washington debut.

Hannan, acquired Tuesday from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Tomas Fleischmann, was a healthy scratch in the Capitals' 4-1 win over the Blues, but will start tonight in a pairing with John Erskine. According to head coach Bruce Boudreau, Tom Poti, Hannan's eventual defensive partner, will not play because a of a mild groin strain he suffered Wednesday. Poti has already missed 17 games this season with similar injuries.

Michal Neuvirth will get his first start since November 20, giving Semyon Varlamov a break. Varlamov has won four straight games since his return from injury. 

The Stars, like the Capitals, are riding a four-game winning streak into Thursday's game and lead the Pacific Division with 29 points. Both teams also have three double-digit goal scorers; the Stars are led by Brad Richards' 28 points, followed by Loui Eriksson's 25 and James Neal and Mike Ribeiro's 21. 

Andrew Raycroft will get a rare start in goal for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen has played in all but three games this season. Regardless, Raycroft is 5-3-1 with a .916 save percentage and 2.16 goals against average in his career against the Capitals.

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