Game 74 – Washington Capitals @ Detroit Red Wings – 2 on 0, Phenomenal

The Red Wings have been eliminated from playoff contention.

* to the tune of the dreidel song *

GOALIE INTERFERENCE, I HATE YOU IN MY GAME

AND WHENEVER YOU HAPPEN, OH GOALIES THEY WILL PAY

The Good

I’ll just take this time to talk about JImmy Howard being really good tonight. He got put in a goalie’s worst situation for the goal against and it happened in the third. And it’s not like the team was playing good defense before him. He had to be sharp on his angles and smother some rebounds. He made some good saves all game, and I don’t hold this loss against him in any way.

Svechnikov looked pretty good. Everyone else was acceptable for the most part, good enough to keep a skilled team like Washington from really getting on the board in any meaningful way, but not good enough to actually score good goals.

The Bad

Our only goal was waved off for goaltender interference. (thanks Ian Oland for the gif)

I agree with this call, I just think it’s funny that the NHL GMs solution was to just put another ref up in the situation room instead of doing something reasonable like, I don’t know, actually address that the rule is confusing? It’s not that we didn’t have enough people looking at it, you fools. It’s that we don’t understand, literally, what the interference is. Bertuzzi makes pretty slight contact and moves through the crease, which I agree is interference, but I’ve seen them allow goals where the player just skates straight through the goalie and wipes him out. What means what anymore?

The WTF

Ouellet is really lucky his wife iced him at their wedding because he is going to need it for the burns he got on this play. Bobble the puck on the blue line, let both players get past you, fall down while making a desperate stick play, and then watch as they get a 2 on 0 to snipe your goalie who’s been great all evening.

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