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McPhee on Officiating: 'It's Not Right'

George McPhee doesn't usually seek the spotlight. But this afternoon, he didn't hesitate to go in front of the cameras, microphones and tape recorders.

The Caps' GM had a message he wanted to put out there: The officiating has been skewed in favor of the Penguins, who have enjoyed 17 power-play opportunities to the Caps' nine. In the Pens' Game 3 win, they had seven power plays to Washington's two.

"I was disappointed with the officiating last night," McPhee said this morning. "I agree with Bruce. One team gets seven power plays and the other team gets two; it's hard to win that game. Your defense is tired, your role players are tired from killing penalties all night, and your top players don't get on the ice as much as they'd like to."

"The supervisor in this series is as good as they come," he continued. "Terry Gregson is terrific. But if the referees aren't going to listen to them, what good is it? We asked them to protect our goaltender, and they're not."

The Caps seemed to be particularly peeved about the ticky-tack nature of a few of the calls, particularly Simeon Varlamov's slashing penalty on Evgeni Malkin, whom McPhee felt had run over Varlamov. There was also the slashing call on Mike Green, who took a whack at Jordan Staal after a hit a few minutes earlier.

"Some penalties you deserve, and some of them shouldn't be called in an NHL playoff game," McPhee said.

He added: "They just don't protect this goaltender. He got punched in the head in the first series [by Sean Avery] and cross-checked a couple of games ago. Malkin ran over him last night, and [Varlamov] gives them a flick of the stick and we get a penalty. It's not right. Those aren't slashes. Those aren't things you call in NHL playoff games."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 7, 2009; 2:53 PM ET
 
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Comments

It's obvious the refs were instructed to call everything on the Caps so that this series goes to 7 games.

Posted by: BigMogilny | May 7, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"828 in game 7 the lack of practice showed. "

Game 6 was there best game because it was a desperation game for them. I felt that they did not need to practice because if they did not know what they needed to do, then they should have lost anyways. They won Game 7 because the rotated all 4 lines while the Rangers only used 3. The Rangers were tired in the 3rd and the Caps took advantage of that with fresh legs.

Again, if the Caps don't know what they need to do by now, then maybe they should just call it quits. The Pens played desperate and the Caps were not willing to do the same. The Caps gave them hope last night... so, in Game 4, they can try and take it a way or force themselves to start playing desperate... it's up to them.

Posted by: _828 | May 7, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I really hope all these things will fire up the Caps tomorrow night. Hope they feel like everyone is against them, cause it sure feels that way. Pittsburgh won't give them any credit. All PIT has done is talk about how they should've won all 3 games, that we use illegal picks, that Ovechkin's stick is illegally curved, that Cooke was interfered with by Semin on Ovechkin's goal. They just don't seem to like giving credit to the other team.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Malkin was a freight train into Varlamov...Get these guys under control, or get even...Fluery is about to get steam-rolled.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 7, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

You're should be your, Tarik!

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Amen GMGM, Amen

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | May 7, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Spot on, GMGM. That was a BS ticky tacky call against Varly. The refs won't protect him, and as soon as he tries to protect himself, foul?

The Caps do need to Cowboy up, take this next game, and then smash the Penguins in the Face on Saturday and end this series.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | May 7, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I hope GM's comments get attention from the National media. The stats don't lie. The officiating has been slanted in the Pens favor. Hopefully, National attention to this will make Bettman and his cronies make this a FAIR series from here on out.

That being said, I expect the league to fine McPhee for his comment. Damn hypocrites.

Posted by: honker | May 7, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Why did McPhee have to go all Crosby on us? Stop complaining and play the game.

Posted by: AMEason52 | May 7, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the GM 1000% although I think this outburst at the refs is not necessarily designed to draw more favorable calls but more for taking pressure off the team that did not play well last night.

Still, although they played like crap, I'm encouraged that they still took the Pens to OT on their home ice. That shows character and I have the utmost faith that the Caps will win this series.

Posted by: playahatah | May 7, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

AMEason52

Because based on the results from last night, the squeeky wheel gets the oil.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | May 7, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The national media will surely accuse McPhee of whining. Only the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowed to voice complaints.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | May 7, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Glad GMGM is calling out the refs. Not whining, but challenging

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | May 7, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

AMEason52,
He has to make it known. Apparently, that is what you do in the playoffs. Look at the Pens this series, look at the Rangers. I am assuming it's the norm. I'm glad he spoke out... maybe we can get some calls going our way, who knows.

Posted by: _828 | May 7, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

That being said, I expect the league to fine McPhee for his comment. Damn hypocrites.

Posted by: honker | May 7, 2009 3:03 PM

Sadly, this will probably be the most likely outcome...

...Or the officials will repeat AMEason52's comment. Because, you know, how dare we lobby for fairer treatment against the perfect and amazing Crosby and the glorious wonderful and magical Penguins. Harumph!

Posted by: Desu | May 7, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

and don't think crying to the refs, a la the Pens and Rags, is confined to the East Coast. The Duck have done a masterful job of crying boo hoo as well, and in game 3 against Detroit, they got away with murder (to say nothing of that "intent to whistle" call that negated Hossa's game tying goal. Talk about having the refs win the game for a team!).

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

the refs and the rest of the NHL should know better than to make GMGM mad! Don't make him beat you up.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

awful officiating is only affecting our series. anyone watch the last Detroit game? that last goal should have counted. regardless, the officiating for last night's game was absolutely disgraceful. i'm not usually one to complain about the refs because they're human and humans make mistakes, but a 7-2 disparity in a playoff game is pretty suspicious. it's pretty obvious that the NHL wants this series to go as long as possible, but skewing the results with poor officiating isn't the way to do it.

Posted by: nwilson2 | May 7, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

that call on Varly was a complete joke

Posted by: FancyDan | May 7, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Varly is truly amazing. I really, really, love him. I commend him for being so strong and not letting any of the crap that has been thrown at him get to him. He has not been protected at all by the refs and it's just bs. What has not been done to him already? He's been punched, viciously crosschecked, run over... it's so wrong. It's hard enough to beat the Pens, let alone the referees.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

AMEason52,

NYR complain about the caps and saying they missed penalty's on us, next 2 games they watched us closely. Pitt complained after game 2 we were getting all the calls (which is a joke), they have 7 PP's in Game 3 we have 2 PP's. GMGM and BB have not complained all playoffs about the refs so they decided to take a stand. Do you expect them to bend over and take it every game? If nothing is said about it, nothing changes. GMGM is right, he's saying what all of us our thinking and what all the players and coaches in that locker room are thinking. Instead, of criticizing him give him a "pat" on the back for sticking up for his guys. GMGM good job on your part, I commend you!

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | May 7, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely the case. The non-calls on the Pens were illuminating to this non-conspiratory theorist.

Posted by: sasha_206 | May 7, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is right. Look at who the NHL assigned to these games, not exactly the cream of the crop. The third official last night was the same one that called Laich for interference against the Rangers when he was lifted off the ice by Rosival.

It's hard to gain back control of a game when you're not allowed to touch the opposition and always on the penalty kill. The Caps were down a man for nearly 25% of the game while the Pens were down for 1/16th of the game.

Do I believe in evening out the penalties, no. We went through that in the 80's with the Flyers. The Flyers would have 9 penalties in the game, the Caps 7, the refs were looking to even it up and the Flyers knew it so they'd get away with murder. What I believe is calling the penalties. Jurcina was crosschecked prior to knocking the net off for the delay of game. Nylander was hit by Malkin and was called for interference. The whole Varlamov thing. Look at those and make the right calls, it's a different game.

Posted by: dj1123 | May 7, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

If the officating isn't a little more fair tonight I say we go broadstreet bullies on the pens. Run over Fleury on purpose, have a few 5 on 5 fights, and create a PR nightmare for the NHL that wants fighting out of the game. If you want a skilled game call the penalties evenly otherwise send out the enforcers to police the game.

Posted by: caps512 | May 7, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Sour grapes from a sore loser. And yes, it is whining. 7 vs. 2 penalties but he fails to mention that some of those 7 were delay of game for knocking the net off the moorings and puck over the glass. There's no debating those McPhee. The Caps have been getting away with picks and other penalties in this series. I guess we're going to conveniently ignore or rationalize those. Much better to blame the refs and say there's a big conspiracy in favor of the Pens. Total rubbish, but not unexpected coming from this organization.

Posted by: hondo21 | May 7, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

didn't mcphee get the memo from bettman...

"the refs and league will do everything humanly possible to help the pens and crosby win the stanley cup. Pens can complain constantly while other teams and GMs are not allowed to. Failure to abide by these said rules will result in national backlash through the media, even worse calls for your team, possibly a fine, and will in turn be labeled complainers yourself."

Bettman's response to Mcphee..."Whats up with complaining on your tps reports...didn't you get that memo. I'll mkae sure we send you another copy"

Posted by: _stevo | May 7, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I wonder about all the other series' power plays.. does anyone know? How are the difference of power plays in the other series??

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Its called lobbying you idiots. He's making the refs aware that the penalty situation is starting to become onesided and it is. 17 to 9 in 3 games. That is almost 6 power plays per game to our 3. You cannot win a series getting doubled up in penatlies. Last night I thought 3 or 4 penalties should be no calls.

On another note, Nylander, retire!!! That is the only right thing you can do. Save us the money, you can no longer help any team in the league, hang them up and save face. You will still get paid but it will not count against us.

94!!!

Posted by: numero94 | May 7, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

@hondo21,

First of all, the delay of game on Jurcina was a cross check in the back from Pitt forcing him into the net. Not only wasn't a penalty on Jurcina, it was a penalty on pitt. Secondly, the delay of game on Pothier happened 1 time. You pitt fans are idiots and you know what, I love the fact that we are going to win this series and send you idiots back to Pittsburg. I hear Pitts fans, we've dominated this series, out chanced them, etc. and we are up 2 games to 1. Mark my words, we will win tomorrow. Even with the refs spoon feeding you jackasses you still can't beat us but 1 game. And btw you want to talk about complaining, wtf do you think Crosby was doing about game 2's "hats" and after the game. Your head coach kept saying we are getting away with "illegal" screens. Oh really? Did your stupid @$$ even watch game 3? Did you see how many illegal screens you guys did. Not to mention your players tackle our goalie and he still makes saves on you pathetic morons. You knock him over and he's so dominant he still makes the saves. If this series is called evenly its equal # of PP's in this series. 17 PP's to 9? The stats don't like you freaking retard. Go back to crapsburg.

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | May 7, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Sour grapes from a sore loser. And yes, it is whining. 7 vs. 2 penalties but he fails to mention that some of those 7 were delay of game for knocking the net off the moorings and puck over the glass. There's no debating those McPhee. The Caps have been getting away with picks and other penalties in this series. I guess we're going to conveniently ignore or rationalize those. Much better to blame the refs and say there's a big conspiracy in favor of the Pens. Total rubbish, but not unexpected coming from this organization.

Posted by: hondo21

Yeah, you're right. I think BB said it best. Yes, we probably deserved at least 6 of those 7 penalties. What he was peeved about was that only 2 was called on Pit.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Hondo, don't mention whining when the Pens captain said:

they threw too many hats!!!

Thank you. Have a nice day.

Posted by: Leeguru | May 7, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Again, if the Caps don't know what they need to do by now, then maybe they should just call it quits. Posted by: _828

come on, man, thats silly. There is a lot of pressure, a lot of emotion, and its easy to get away from the game plan and team first mentality. I'll give you an example: When gary Oldman/Christian Bale/ any top actor is on set, he or she already knows their lines. They know what they want. The director knows what he wants, tells them what he wants. But they still rehearse the scene, over and over, until its right. Sure, there is improv, too, but sometimes improv kills you.

These guys are not perfect. They need to practice and stay connected. There is already a Russian/N. American division. Just being together on the ice in practice should help a little.

Again, even their coach said they start to come unglued when they dont practice.

Tarik, I wont be surprised to see Nylander out of the lineup at all. Flash would surprise me, though I'd put it in a bigger body that can do his job. So far his job is to do little.

Posted by: oo7 | May 7, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

At least McPhee had the cojones to say it. We all know it, and it makes me feel better to see that he knows it too.

Posted by: oo7 | May 7, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@rachel215 and Leeguru,

I've come to realize that there is no reasoning with Pittsburg fans, they are all uneducated and morons. let's not waste our breath's anymore. The very fact they come in a Caps Blog to talk about the Penguins instead of going on a Penguins blog shows you how retarded they are.

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | May 7, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

GMGM was not whining. He was stating the facts. Whining is when someone complains about trivial matters, like people throwing hats on the ice when your opponent has a hat trick, or speculating that an awesome offensive player must have an illegal stick or something....

Thank you, GM, for saying something. Someone at your level had to call the refs out on this---it's getting pretty dangerous for Varlamov out there. Caps opponents must think the only way to beat Varlamov is to "beat him".

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 7, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

we need more shots of goal!

Posted by: daddy_axe | May 7, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

McPhee: the NHL powers that be want a long season. Ergo, the refs screw the Caps. Simple.

Posted by: poguesmahone | May 7, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, that last post made it sound like I agree with honda. I don't completely, but I get what he is saying, but BB was more mad at the non-calls on the Pens.

Honda, Pens have gotten away with many as well.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

make sure you check out Steinberg's reporting on Vs. and the CBC broadcast what was written on the Caps' whiteboard: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/05/boudreau_on_cbc_pretty_clasles.html

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

ya, detroit got screwed too. refs should be like juries and not allowed to watch news coverage of the pens or ducks complaining. letting them have access to the media produces wierd results that has nothing to do with the current game.

Posted by: am_jim | May 7, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I agree with McPhee. He should have complained about the Penguins outshooting the Caps by 19 too! They couldn't have done that without the help of the officials. And those officials also caused the Caps to keep turning over the puck.

Obviously, if the refs would have been fair the Caps would have outshot, outhustled and outplayed the Penguins. If it wasn't for the refs, the Caps would have won by 10.

Posted by: johnturbos | May 7, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I was especially annoyed with those two slashing calls on Varly and Green. I can't remember which game it was, but Kozlov had his stick broken in half right in front of an official and nothing was called. No one can say that the officiating isn't slanted. It's getting ridiculous, and it's been pretty obvious since Game 1.

Posted by: SarahM28 | May 7, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I agree 110% with GMGM's comments, but please everyone, the point he was trying to make was call it fair. It's not that he's trying to get more calls go the Caps way, just call it fair. He can't be wronged for that and shouldn't be fined. Even if he is fined, Mr Leonsis will pony up and pay it because I'm sure he agrees more than any of us do. GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: jwash4472 | May 7, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

The bias towards Crosby aside, from my seat I saw poor puck handling by Washington and a lack of puck penetration in the neutral zone. Someone has to help Ovie penetrate with the puck more and than camp out on top of the crease. If we can't do that in these play offs we got to find people who will do this for us in the future...

Go Caps!!! (since 1985)

Posted by: Berndaddy | May 7, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Good job George. As the General Manager, he needs to voice the obviously glaring imbalance of officiating and the abuse his rookie goalie has taken. Now it's up to BB to kick-start the team.

Posted by: visionof75 | May 7, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

hondo,
yes, the caps are rubbish because they are the ONLY team to ever complain about officiating. surely the pens would never stoop to such levels...no wait, they complained about pick plays and what do you know, nyls gets called for a pick. SHOCKING COINCIDENCE.

our goalie gets crosschecked to the head, no call. get run over, no call. taps malkin on the leg, slash. malkin barely even flinched.

i dont believe there is a conspiracy against the caps or pens. but its obvious in this league that you need to work the refs. worked for the pens, hopefully it will work for the caps.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 7, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey GMGM! About friggin' time. =) The NHL is bogus and about time the Capitals called them out. It's an insult to think that they're doing this to us and think we're not going to notice. How stupid does the NHL think the Capitals are? How stupid we are? The fixation on giving us penalties and overlooking the actions of both the Rangers and the Penguins just reaks. Doesn't mask the uninspired play yesterday but I'll take a loss now and still maintain our lead versus making claims that we're the better team over one win in overtime.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 7, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Sour grapes from a sore loser. And yes, it is whining. 7 vs. 2 penalties but he fails to mention that some of those 7 were delay of game for knocking the net off the moorings and puck over the glass. There's no debating those McPhee. The Caps have been getting away with picks and other penalties in this series. I guess we're going to conveniently ignore or rationalize those. Much better to blame the refs and say there's a big conspiracy in favor of the Pens. Total rubbish, but not unexpected coming from this organization.

Posted by: hondo21 | May 7, 2009 3:16 PM |


This is like Mike Tyson accusing someone of being a little crazy. You could not have possibly typed that with a straight face. All the Pens did was b!tch about the officiating in the first 2 games, yet they were getting all of the calls in those games as well. Even the analysts from Versus seem to be on board, as I remember them trying to explain Tom Poti's interference penalty from Game 2 when the replay clearly showed nothing. I believe the phrase that was used was "well, the Caps just had a power play of their own, so that must be the thinking there..." The Jurcina penalty last night was a joke, he was checked into the goal. Then, to hear the commentators even suggest that maybe a goal should have been awarded really tells you all you need to know about just how DESPERATE the NHL and the networks are to see a long series. The Caps were done before the game even started last night, and I'd expect to see much more of the same BS tomorrow night. I still believe we will overcome though, Caps in 6.

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 7, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Someone please steamroll fleury

Posted by: arcassells | May 7, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@johnturbos: Absolutely, right. I'm glad you see that. Btw, you smell like a Penguins fan. Tool.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 7, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

johnturbos,
i think mcphee should have complained about the fans wearing white and how distracting that was for the caps, who were also in white (great idea pens). he should have had the refs make an announcement to take off the shirts they were given (given?). that would be almost as juvenile as complaining about hats being thrown on the ice.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 7, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

McPhee is correct about the officiating. The Ovechkin dive in interference on Cooke in Game 2 are perfect examples. Yep -- Bettman asked for those calls to help the Pens win.

Wake up- the interference call on the Pens in the 3rd did not have to be called. It was a penalty but could have easily been let go and no one would have complained.

Malkin was too much to handle, plain and simple. His skill and strength are too much too handle.

PENS IN 6......

Posted by: tokensteelerx4 | May 7, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The 17 to 9 difference is the thing that is fishy. There's no way the difference should be that great. There will always be several missed calls on both sides, but that should even it out right? Something is definitely up.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

AMEN McPhee!

Posted by: NatyBG | May 7, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The league is terrified that Ovie will win the cup before Crosby and will do anything to prevent that. So they hype this as the big "test" between the two but then give them different exams. And expect the fans to believe that this is a legitamate series. I was flabourgasted that Jeannette and Sutherland would even be on the list of playoff refs after seeing how poorly they called games at the end of the regular season. And yeah - Caps pick but Matt Cooke doesn't. Get real - being in Pittsburgh has turned him into just another winner - he didn't do that with the Caps. Must be mandatory if you want to play with Crosby. Holmstrom (DET) gets called if the back inch of his skate is in the goalie crease yet the 'guins take up residence there and nothing is called. As I said, the league will do everything in its power to ensure that Crosby gets the cup before Ovechkin. Even if he is not worthy. Malkin is the better player on that team.

And on a side note, if I have to read one more male reporters' story that calls Crosby handsome, good looking, coverboy, cute, etc., I'll vomit. He is on the same scale as Ovie (our beloved mountain man), it's just that they dress him up like a Ken-doll. Haven't seen a female reporter ever claim he is good looking 'cos he's not.

Posted by: Varly | May 7, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

tokensteelerx4: You can keep on complaining about the no call on Semin for interfering with Cooke, but that means your last goal with 30 seconds left should've never counted because of the cross check by Kunitz on Varly. It all evened out.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

yeah, I don't get the trolls. I don't even know any pens blogs. What ate they, I'd like to take a look. They're immaculant of rightings intrasts me. post a link to boobtown, please.

Posted by: oo7 | May 7, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

token,
yes, cooke was interfered with and then varly was chopped in the head. both should have been called, neither was. the cooke penalty led to a goal and crosby scored right after the chop to the head...i'd call that even.

the 3rd period interfernce was obvious because it sprung malkin for a near breakaway. those are penalties that SHOULD be called in the playoffs as they lead to scoring chances etc. the tap on malkin that was called a slash (malkin scored on the pp) did not affect the play at all. that should not have been called.

however, malkin was a beast last night. wonder where hes been? pens deserved to win last night as they totally outplayed the caps at both ends...took a deflection in ot to win though...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 7, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Varly: Crosby is not "a pretty boy" the NHL wants him to be. He's not handsome at all. That's why I don't understand why everyone has such a fascination with him, he's isn't even the best player on his own team.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

i would call up Giroux over aucion. giroux is bigger plays left wing. clark can play right wing gordon center and giroux on the left

Posted by: samb99 | May 7, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The Pens fans are here -- they must have be getting over their hangovers. BTW did you see how many of the Pens fans are incredibly obesse?

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | May 7, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

A 7-2 advantage is ridiculous in a game between two evenly matched teams. I agree with GM GM pointing this out to the media, even it gets him fined. The Pens have gotten away with goalie interference throughout the series and none have been called....the slash call on Varly was a joke after he was run over in the crease by Malkin. Caps need to do more in front of the Pens net to make Fleury uncomfortable. We have guys like Laich, Bradley, and Kozlov who need to create traffic and get rebounds.

As much as I'd like to say the penalties had a huge impact on the game, the Caps didn't help their cause by constantly turning over the puck and not being able to get into their offensive zone. Part of the reason our D was so tired was that our forwards did little to keep the Pens in their zone like we did in Games 1 and 2.

If we play like we did in Game 3 and Pittsburgh players their game, we will have a lot more to complain about than the officiating.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 7, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Sorry - that was whiner not winner for Matt Cooke. But I guess he whines to try to get wins.

Posted by: Varly | May 7, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

This is just gamesmanship by GMGM and BB, that's it. Happens all the time, especially in the playoffs. It's not about whining, it about trying to get as much of an advantage as you can. So if you can put a bug in the ear of the officials so they might call one less penalty on you and one more on them, mission accomplished. This is all par for the course.

As someone said above, the Caps should use this as a rallying cry (as if they need any more motivation at this point) whether true or not that the NHL and the officiating is trying to drag this out as long as they can.

The Pens can't beat the Caps in a best of 7 if the Caps are firing on all cylinders...we've yet to see a complete game against the Pitts. Almost every goal scored on Varly has been unconventional whether it was off a deflection or Cindy whacking at the puck 10 times from about 2 feet out with no help from the D. This should make everyone feel pretty good. They have to work so hard to score. If the Caps were to work as hard from start to finish, this would be 3-0 right now.

I have faith they will get this done.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 7, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Let me rephrase that. I don't understand why the NHL is always calling him the pretty boy and all that crap. He's not ugly but I mean, he's far from handsome. That's just my opinion though.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. Is there some rule in hockey that says that both teams should have an equal number of penalties? Could it be that the Caps committed more penalties? This crazy conspiracy theory of "the league" wanting the game to go seven games is just bizarre. Actually it a sign of desperation by bandwagon fans.

How about we just play as hard as Pittsburgh? How about we hit some people and create a traffic jam in front of their net? This team has the most aggravating habit of sitting back, reading its own press clippings, and waiting for someone else to do it.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 7, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Pens fans shouldn't be that happy. We played so terribly and pushed them to OT and they had to win on a lucky deflection but not even their own guy, by our guy. That's why I don't see where the Pens are coming from. How they keep on saying how they feel they are the better team, all 3 games were by ONE goal! And their win was in OT on a deflection.. so where is all this coming from? If they were SOOOOO great as they claim they are then shouldn't they be up 3-0?

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey McPhee, what do you mean by this? "... some [penalties] shouldn't be called in an NHL playoff game," McPhee said. You mean what's a penalty in the regular season shouldn't be a penalty in the playoffs? You're an IDIOT! And a perfect match for coward owner Leonsis.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | May 7, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Holmstrom (DET) gets called if the back inch of his skate is in the goalie crease yet the 'guins take up residence there and nothing is called.

Posted by: Varly | May 7, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Poor Holmer! If the guy is 3 feet from the crease, they call interferance on him.

The only team the NHL hates more than the Caps is Detroit. And in both cases, it confused me because both are beautiful, skilled teams that play exciting hockey and have classy organizations. I think, though, in the eyes of the NHL, they both have too many European stars, so the NHL will do everything in their power to bury them. It must have killed Bettman to have to hand the Cup to Lidstrom last year (in Pittsburgh!)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Kudos GMGM for saying what we all believe.

Here's the difference btwn him and the Pens' whining:
He's not asking for privileges. He's not saying that Cindy gets special treatment because he's the only girl in the NHL or that Malkin's stick curves too far to the right. He's asking for a level playing field and protection for our goalie (who people forget- are supposed to be basically untouchable).

Posted by: mrszilla | May 7, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

McPhee is correct about the officiating. The Ovechkin dive in interference on Cooke in Game 2 are perfect examples. Yep -- Bettman asked for those calls to help the Pens win.

Posted by: tokensteelerx4 | May 7, 2009 3:40 PM |


Must be that P-Burgh edumacation at work. Ovechkin's "dive" came as a result of a hit that struck him right in his visor if you watch the replay. Also, Cooke's interference was indisputable. The guy had his stick hooked up between Ovie's legs like he was trying to hang on for a ride down the ice or something. Funny how the Pens, a team that is getting twice the calls as the Caps, is the only team allowed to complain about the officiating. Oh, and your boy Malkin? I suppose 1 good game every couple of weeks gives you pudpullers something to be proud of. We, on the other hand, have a Russian that brings it every night.

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 7, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

MKadyman: No, it should not be even, but it should not be that big of a difference such as 17-9.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

We, on the other hand, have a Russian that brings it every night.

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 7, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey now, we've got TWO Russians that bring it every night, now! One Russian who is pushing 40 who scores series winners (and fights off nasty rib injuries to return to the game), one who has cute dimples and occassionally remembers he's supposed to play hockey, and one who can play bongos with your skull :) Oh, and Steckel, because for reasons I can no longer remember, we made him a Russian here a while back.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

@tokensteelers

First it was Pens in 4...then 5...now in 6....maybe tomorrow night it will be 7...Then when your gone, it will be Pens in 9 since the NHL will add 2 more games for you..

Oh how quickly you baffoon's forget game 1 and 2.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 7, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about you folks, but I need another slice of cheese to go with my whine...

Posted by: JSchon | May 7, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. Is there some rule in hockey that says that both teams should have an equal number of penalties? Could it be that the Caps committed more penalties? This crazy conspiracy theory of "the league" wanting the game to go seven games is just bizarre. Actually it a sign of desperation by bandwagon fans.

How about we just play as hard as Pittsburgh? How about we hit some people and create a traffic jam in front of their net? This team has the most aggravating habit of sitting back, reading its own press clippings, and waiting for someone else to do it.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 7, 2009 3:53 PM |



How about you actually WATCH the games before you post? Clearly, if you think the officiating has been equitable, you haven't been paying attention. Look, I'll be the first to admit that we were outplayed last night for the majority of the game. However, the plain fact is that a lot of this has to do with constantly being shorthanded, and with a fairly called game we almost certainly would have won. The performance of our goalie would have carried the day without all of the bad calls/no-calls.

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 7, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie

You are correct, sir. Didn't mean to slight Feds, or Sash, or Koz, or even Varly; I just figured mentioning the Machine was all that was necessary to win that battle.

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 7, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about you folks, but I need another slice of cheese to go with my whine...

Posted by: JSchon | May 7, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

oh my god, Lindsay should assign Steinberg to find Pittsburgh finest cheese and sample them during Crosby's next whinefest! Yes, brilliant cross-blogging synergy!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

@CPortisRun, no worries. I'm just bored out of my mind and slightly loopy, and trying (and apparently failing) to be humorous. When I start writing things like Kozlov is the one with cute dimples that occassionally plays hockey, that's probably a sign that I need some sleep. (but this is way more fun than sleep)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

and that's "ma'am" ;)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

the refs and the rest of the NHL should know better than to make GMGM mad! Don't make him beat you up.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 3:13 PM


Fly like a butterfly, sting like McPhee :)

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | May 7, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps are going to PK all night anyway, would someone--someone with extraordinary hand-eye coordination--kindly punch Sindy in the nuts? A cross-check to Fleury's head would be another reasonable response to the message NHL is sending.
Last night was the first time I've seen Malkin show up against Caps. Okay with me if it's also the last...

Posted by: redlineblue | May 7, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Hate is a strong word, but I hate the Penquins and their unemployed fatso fans. Cooke is a stooge, and Kunitz is MIA. They say watch out if Malkin and Crosby get it together one night, but have no idea what Backstrom, Semin, and Greener can do on a "good" night. I know everyone likes their team, but if I'm a Pens fan I don't know how you can feel good about where the Pens are right now. The pressure is still on them to hold serve at home, and I know with a bit better of an effort the Caps can win in Friday and bring this back to win in DC.

Posted by: reesem37 | May 7, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

As an objective fan of the Hurricanes and self elected mediator...I just finished watching the game and reading your posts and here are my thoughts...

1. To Rachel - first, love a chic that's a hockey fan, are you married? just kidding. Anyway, the wingless bird fans are happy because they totally outplayed you yesterday - and sometimes all it takes is to figure out how to beat a team...and the rest is down hill. Some of it is matchups due to home ice advantage, but that's why I feel the Crapitals should be nervous. Along with the fact the Pens seem to always come back and beat the Caps...they've taken either 5 or 6 out of 7 all time series.
2. DCSportsfan28 - your ideas make for great conversation and debate. Let's only allow those who think like you to express their opinions. Why don't you just read your post over and over again...that way you won't be offended...About the penalties...the ugly birds spent the entire second and third periods in your zone. Don't know how much hockey you watch, but that typically leads to a lopsided penalty outcome...just an observation...so sorry I don't agree with your conspiracy theory.
3. Think about it, does it really matter who wins this series? Neither team will be playing the Ducks for it all.

Posted by: rhooks49 | May 7, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or were the Linesmen in on the act as well? VS showed shots of Crosby taking faceoffs against someone using Steckel's style. Steckel was kicking Crosby's backside in faceoffs in the first two games. What happend in game 3? Prior to almost every face off, from mid 2nd on, the Linesmen were giving pre-face off orders to Caps centers.

Sure, Pens outplayed the Caps in the game. But as was pointed out earlier, 7-2 power play advantage?

I hope the Caps come out in game 4 and put up 3 before the Pens know what hit 'em.

Posted by: wolvi6987 | May 7, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

CPortisRun: Yeah I totally agree with you. Of course the amount of PPs for each team should not be even, but if you have been watching the game you know there's something not right. When your goalie gets run over and it's not interference but when he taps a guy that's slashing...there's something wrong with that. If you watched the game you would understand.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm really glad to hear GMGM speak out...the fact that he is usually quite hopefully will add more weight to his statement. I TRY to see things fairly...and I have to grin sometimes when the Caps get away with a penalty because it seems more often then not they are called, when their opponent commits the same infraction and is not called. Running over the goalie has got to stop - at least OV finally showed how to stop Malkin last night if only for an instant at the end of the game.

Posted by: theshawn | May 7, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

A whine flu pandemic.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 7, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

rhooks...so your canes are gonna be there against anaheim? Gotta beat Boston first, and then take on the winner of this series. Let's hear your stanley cup final match-up, and it better not be canes vs whomever.

Posted by: reesem37 | May 7, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Ducks aren't going anywhere. Babcock's going to break some knees pretty soon. He's the only person in hockey who gives off the "mass murderer" vibe more than GMGM.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

We lost last night because we got out-skated, out-worked, out-shot, out-hustled, and just generally out-played, NOT because of the officiating and NOT because of any grand plot by the league to prolong this series. Yes, the 7-2 disparity in penalties was disturbing, but that's generally what happens when when team is more aggressive and takes the play to their opponent. They draw more penalties. If the Caps do the same in upcoming games, they'll get the calls. If they don't get them, THEN it will be time to complain.

Posted by: rbpalmer | May 7, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

That should be "when one team is more aggressive and takes the play to their opponent."

Posted by: rbpalmer | May 7, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

reesem,
i think the ducks are the team to beat in the west. If they find a way to get by the wings, I think they're in. i fear only two teams in the east. The Caps and the Bruins. so unfortunately for you...most of us down here are hoping the those disgusting little so-called "birds" actually find a way to pull it off.

Posted by: rhooks49 | May 7, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

rhooks49,

why don't you worry about the whale's postseason record against the Bruins and leave the stanley cup match up to a later date.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 7, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

you should want the Caps to win, if only to cause of collective heart attack at the thought of an All-SE conference championship.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Why would my post be held for review?

Posted by: OviFan08 | May 7, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

No way - the Canes absolutely own the pens.

Posted by: rhooks49 | May 7, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Good point Moose.

Posted by: rhooks49 | May 7, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

rbpalmer is exactly right......I am tired of hearing the series is fixed so it goes the full 7 games. Yesterdays blogs talked about how whiny the Pens fans are, but now we are doing the exact same thing. We played horrible. Is it the Refs fault that we couldn't keep the puck out of our zone? Absolutely not! I am a die-hard caps fan, but will be the first one to admit that after the first 10 minutes we played horrible which is why we lost. It looked as if they were on the power play the whole game. If we can stop them from running all over us again, we can take this game in 5. Lets do it.....GO CAPS!!

Posted by: OviFan08 | May 7, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

IMO, yes, we deserved MOST of the penalties that were called on us.

* The delay of game on Pothier? Absolutely. He did the crime; he does the time.

But the so-called "slash" on Varlamov? That was bull. Utter bull.

What about goaltender interference on the guy who was SITTING on him?!

Oh, and what about a penalty for butt-ending on the play that damn-near took Fedorov out of the game? Oh, yeah. It was done by a Penguin, so that's OK?

There were a bunch of hooking calls that were not made on the Pens, too. A BUNCH.

The officiating was biased last night, plain and simple. They called things if the Caps so much as touched a Penguin, and didn't even if the Penguin was all but hitching a ride on his stick. Holding, tripping - I saw a couple of those that were flat-out ignored.

I don't care if we get called on everything if the other team gets called for everything too. Make it fair. Don't call a hook on one player and not call the same thing on another player if he does it too. That's all I'm asking for.

Posted by: irockthered | May 7, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cj658 | May 7, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

If you look at the CAPS keys to victory for game 3, they failed to do most of them. That is why they lost and I hope they are smart enough to get it. I can't buy the conspiracy theory but it does seem that a little complaining is routine. Let us try and enjoy the series. I know I was upset with the team, the results, the calls and noncalls but we don't get in a position like this very often as fans and we should enjoy the ride a little. I have a feeling we will be here again. And so will the Pens, unfortunately.

Posted by: Richmondcapsfan | May 7, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

What are you wearing? Just kidding. Seriously though, I read a lot of your posts on here and usually find myself agreeing with everything you put up. Nothing like an intelligent chick that loves hockey. I've still got Caps in 6. You?

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 7, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

@cj658

It is so sad...also those "epic fails" on the Pens blog that jokingly threaten to kill Caps players, and wish that they die are also going to be reported to the cops...It's out of control..

Posted by: SA-Town | May 7, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Hal Gil on Fedorov is not a penalty, good no call there. It was freakish timing when Fedorov went to hit Gil and Gil's stick was exactly perpendicular to the boards and there was give so he got speared in the ribs. Absolutely no intent to injure on the play.

rbpalmer and ovifan08 are right on, it really is that simple.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 7, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Ducks aren't going anywhere. Babcock's going to break some knees pretty soon. He's the only person in hockey who gives off the "mass murderer" vibe more than GMGM.

Posted by: RedBirdie

haha, true!

I'd like to see GMGM coach some day. I think he doesnt because he wouldnt control his desire to wring the neck of anyone acting like a pansy.

Posted by: oo7 | May 7, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Political posturing for calls in the playoffs has been going on for years. The reason it continues is because it works. The Penguins whined for two days and look at the results, a 7-2 disparity last night. Anybody remember AL Arbour tearing up while he did his posturing? It's disgraceful that the league listens to this garbage but if George doesn't play the game then the disparity will continue.

If anybody touches Varly tomorrow night then they need to kick his A$$, to include Crosby and Malkin if they're guilty. The resulting penalty will be worth it, as they will think twice next time. If this happens when Brashear gets back then we won't even need this discussion as he will immediately pound the guilty's face into the ice. The goalie is off limits!

They need to get more physical tomorrow night. They are the bigger and stronger team and they need to act like it. Malkin in particular tends to disappear in a physical game so, hit him repeatedly (legally of course).

Posted by: Gambrills4 | May 7, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

irockthered.......I don't think Feds getting hurt deserved a penalty. The stick just happened to be there

Posted by: OviFan08 | May 7, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

This is a bit out of control. Do you really think that it is just a message board threat? I would think it would have to be more than that for the Pens to call the cops.

Posted by: Richmondcapsfan | May 7, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

How paranoid are you Caps fans?

They are up 2-1. relax, worst case they go home 2-2 and it's a best of 3 with 2 games at home....

You want to cry about ticky-tack calls? what was that BS with Ovie pretending like he got high-sticked in Game 1 (or 2), I tend not to focus on all the BS between the teams about penalties...

IT IS THE PLAYOFFS - this stuff happens every year.

Oh wait, Caps fans don't know what its like to be in the playoffs all the time - and win I mean..

Posted by: jsmartin | May 7, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

We lost that game and need to move on. 2 Games in 26 hours can make or break the series.

I like that George is going to the media with this and doing just what the Pens did after game 2. However the Caps got a penalty for delay of game twice.

We were tired and as the game went on playing the same guys backed up on great penalty killing shifts we had less juice in the tank at the end. One mistake can cost.

Move on - game 4 the Pens will think we will play the same as in game 3 and they will be wrong. This Caps team is the most resilient I can remember in my 28 years as a fan.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | May 7, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is against the Caps in this series. Last night, the fans were against them, the NHL is against them, the refs were/are against them, and obviously, the Pens are against them. That's 4:1. The game going into overtime is a testament to how great the Caps are as a team. The score for this game should have been 6 to 1. I'd also like to add that it's pretty pathetic when you get 6 power plays in a row and can't capitalize on any of them. Crosby and Dead-Man-Malkin are so overrated, it's sad.

Posted by: ejohnsto | May 7, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

@redbird

chuckling out loud...

Posted by: WritingLight | May 7, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

CPortisRun: Thanks. =) To answer your question: as much as I didn't like the way we played last night, I feel like they will come out tomorrow and play a great game and win. They usually bounce back after poor games. I still think Caps in 5. The key is tomorrow's game. We win and make it 3-1 coming home, we're gonna be real tough to beat at home.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"Dead-man-Malkin" LOL

Posted by: rbpalmer | May 7, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Gambrills - good post. you're exactly right. every team, coach, player etc. complains on TV interviews about the penalties - and it probably works to a certain extent. my only issue is with the fans that buy that b.s. hook, line and sinker and feel the need to regurgitate it all over the message boards...one word comes to mind...bandwagon-ers!! Check the forum archives. i bet most of the fans complaining about penalties hadn't posted a single comment this year until at least game 1 rangers at caps...just a hunch.

Posted by: rhooks49 | May 7, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Like I said yesterday, it's time to take names and kick ass. If were going to get called for ticky-tack penalties, let's make them count!

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | May 7, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm never one to say fewer penalties should be called - if there's an elbow or a slash, call it. But call it both ways. Why no butt-end penalty on Hal Gill on the Federov play? I don't think butt-ending with a stick is an acceptable way to avoid a hit. (Twas good to see Ovie ram him down on the next play, though.)

But the Pens played with a level of desperation the Caps did not - and that's completely understandable. Given that level of effort, they will draw more penalties, that's a given.

When you're killing 7 pps you'll give up a ton of shots and your top D will get tired out. That explains the shot discrepancy.

Posted by: WritingLight | May 7, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

js,
you're right. it is unseemly to complain about penalties and hats, we should take a queue from the pens. and the playoff talk is amusing. particularly since this is the third year in a row the pens have made the playoffs and the second for the caps. big desparity. pens laid a bigger egg in their first go round than the caps did last year. caps could replicate what the pens did last year...or better. either way, i like the caps upside better than the pens. but thats just me. the caps arent going anywhere if they play like they did last night...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 7, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

AMEason52: I don't know if McPhee knows something we don't, like the squeaky wheel...etc. I personally thought we were taking the high ground and separate ourselves from the whiny Pens. Now we sound exactly like them.

I am sure some of these penalties were unfair. I am not sure they were the result of an anti-Caps conspiracy. Isn't there always a great degree of subjective interpretation in penalties that could go either way?

As others said, the refs were not the cause of our defeat yesterday. In fact, I think that when we dropped the ball 10 minutes after our goal, we had not started taking penalties yet--certainly we had not accumulated 7.

I don't like deflecting the focus from taking responsibility to blaming others but what do I know? It seemed to have worked for the Pens yesterday. Maybe it will work for us.

I do agree about protecting the goalie, however. It is outrageous what NHL refs allow in terms of abusing goalies.

Posted by: caraveli | May 7, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I gotta give credit to Comcast Sports Net for the "Dead-Man-Malkin" cliche. I thought it was genius :)

Posted by: ejohnsto | May 7, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, did anyone in the organization notice Malkin spear Morrisonn in the face with 8:35 left in the game? The VS broadcast completely missed it, butb apparently the CBC broadcast caught it and showed a replay. I just watched it as best I could on the game replay and it sure looked intentional.

BTW, I agree with the discrepancy in the officiating last night. Thought it was okay in game 1, god-awful both ways in game 2, and just outright biased in game 3. A lot of tacky calls on the Caps while the Penguins got away with some worse.

I would like, however, to point out that at about the same time Varly was comitting his "love tap" slash Morrisonn cross-checked Malkin in the arm hard enough to send him flying. Of course neither would have happened if the goalie interference had actually been called (and Malkin hit Varly in the HEAD - yet another headshot going unpunished) but Mo was still guilty of another retaliaton there.

Posted by: errantelf | May 7, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Waaaahh!!! The refs don't like us....waasahh!!!

The Caps coach, the GM, and you complainers are a bunch of cry-babys.

The Caps played poorly and got called for obvious penalties. Move on!

http://ohnocaps.ytmnd.com/

Posted by: LonnieBeale1 | May 7, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

When McPhee and Boudreau say something, there is a purpose. The calls should even out over the series. As for the fans: stop whining. A couple cheapie penalties didn't cost us the game, it was playing like crap and getting pwned and not surprisingly the bounces didn't go our way.

Posted by: TCJR2000 | May 7, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Agreed.

And I applaud his tact, because if it were me, "it's not right" wouldn't even come close to the words I would use.

Like it or not, big time sports (yep, that does include the NHL) is a big time multi-billion dollar business. You really think they wanted a sweep of the hyped up "series of the century?" And with the Cindy the one going down the loser to boot? Bah!

Posted by: soloman5000 | May 7, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Oops - I meant 8:35 left in the 3rd period on that Malkin spear.

Posted by: errantelf | May 7, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the Pens fans complain that we are whining about the refs. Classic, I tell you. Now you know what it feels like to listen to a bunch of whiners. We've been listening to you guys whine since that P***y Lemeuix played. Maybe the refs only caught us and not the Pens. It doesn't matter. What matters is that the Caps still almost won and the Pens were gifted multiple PP's. I thought it was uneven officiating. But now the Caps must realize that we aren't going to get the calls. So we will have to win without the gift-calls that favor Sid the Kid (Rat-Boy) and his beloved Pens. No sense denying it, its true. Jordan got the calls, so does Tom Brady and Lebron. Its a fact of being a superstar.

Posted by: jmurray019 | May 7, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Sour grapes from a sore loser. And yes, it is whining. 7 vs. 2 penalties but he fails to mention that some of those 7 were delay of game for knocking the net off the moorings and puck over the glass. There's no debating those McPhee. The Caps have been getting away with picks and other penalties in this series. I guess we're going to conveniently ignore or rationalize those. Much better to blame the refs and say there's a big conspiracy in favor of the Pens. Total rubbish, but not unexpected coming from this organization.

Posted by: hondo21 | May 7, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Hondo, come on, you can't be serious. With such a large margin in differences of calls against the caps and non calls against the Pens, there's got to be something.

Even BB said, that we deserved the calls that we got called on us, but the fact still remains, a cross check to the neck, not called, and numorus others. Offsides are not called fairly, it's just not the pentalites. It's definately a "home" ice advantage that the Pens are receiving. Your blind if you can't see it.

Posted by: dogboy | May 7, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Conspiracy theories aside, I do think that the refs are letting themselves be influenced too much by the complaints. If Pens fans don't believe me, why do you think that "pick" was called against your team late. Pens complained about "picks" and they become a "point of emphasis" for the refs.

It is not necessarily a matter of the refs or the league being biased in favor of the Pens, but I believe that the squeaky wheel is definitely getting the grease in this year's playoffs.

I think that the Caps just want protecting Varly to become a "point of emphasis" and they want the refs to move some of the focus away from some of the ticky-tack stuff that does not give either team an advantage or cause any harm.

Posted by: SportzWiz | May 7, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Good for GMGM, way to step up and defend the club. Couldnt have come at a better time, now they should send something to all the TV commentators and find out what their deal is and what is so special about the Penguins. I think that should be addressed to.

Posted by: whsqb10 | May 7, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

@jsmartin
Yeah, caps are up 2-1 but what GMGM and BB and the rest of the caps fans here are commenting on is the difference between calls for and against the two teams. If a game is not called fairly, how do you expect to fight against that? It's frustrating and if one team is getting away with stuff and the other isnt, things can get nasty.

The league talks about wanting to stop fighting, yet the calls being so lopsided? Doesn't really make sense.

Talk about ticky-tack calls? What about the non call with the cross check to the neck of Varly? Or the punch to the face by Avery? Or Malkin running him over, falling ontop of him and not moving? Yet, when Varly just touches his calf with the stick, saying "Guess Who? Yup, I'm still here" it's slashing. (I'm not even going to go into the diving that the beloved saviour of hockey Sid the kid does).

Or How about the high stick to Semin's face in Game one, causing stitches, no call.

Yes, it is the playoffs, but when stuff like this happens, this is when injuries begin to happen. In last nights game, when Poti was interfered with, everyone was surprised that the call went against the Pens, even the VS comentators. But it was painfully obvious it was interference.

Yeah, yeah, take your cheap shots about how the Caps havent won a Stanley Cup. Your just upset that your savior Sid is just a pansy whiner, not a real player like Ovie. Even the Canadian press is over looking that over priced whiner and saying that Ovie is the complete player.

Posted by: dogboy | May 7, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

It would have been interesting to see how many more ticky-tack calls were made in Game 4 (over Game 3) if the Caps had stolen last night's game (game misconducts to half the team for just showing up?!). That said, I would expect to have to overcome the zebras tomorrow night and every night that the series isn't tied. Let's stick it to the Pens, the zebras, the Establishment, the Man, etc. and put this series away in 5!

Posted by: Fletch_F_Fletch | May 7, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen much of the games this year, and while the number of penalties often don't tell the whole story, I agree with GMGM about the goalie abuse in particular. If Brash deserved 6 games, Kunitz deserved at least 1 or 2. Winning is the best response.

Posted by: gonhkn | May 7, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

You're should be your, Tarik!

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? You knew what he meant, why be a grammar nazi?

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | May 7, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

BlondeCapsFan: If you don't care, why did you bother to post? Obviously you cared enough. I don't like people like you. If you don't care about something, don't say anything.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I post because I can. I read more than I post, but I just don't get the correcting Tarik. He and his team provide us tons of information, if they make one mistake, why bother to point it out? You get the point in the first place, right?

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | May 7, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

McPhee is correct about the officiating. The Ovechkin dive in interference on Cooke in Game 2 are perfect examples. Yep -- Bettman asked for those calls to help the Pens win.

Wake up- the interference call on the Pens in the 3rd did not have to be called. It was a penalty but could have easily been let go and no one would have complained.

Malkin was too much to handle, plain and simple. His skill and strength are too much too handle.

PENS IN 6......


Ovechkin got hit up high, einstein. The King of Pick Setters whines about being interfered with? Classic.

Wake up -- Your weaker team was getting the majority of PP's BEFORE the whining from your head coach and the rest of your inferior team. Only a blind HOMER can't see those facts.
Malkin finally shows up? And all of a sudden he's too much to handle? HAHAHAHAHAA! The Pens haven't been able to contain Ovy all series. Hell, Steckel has more goals than Malkin.

You're right about this series possibly going 6 games. Except the penwhines will only win one more game. You are high if you think they will beat the Caps four straight.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 7, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Besides his empty net fluke goal last night, Ovechkin was contained and the Pens D did a great job in doing that.

As for McPhee. Quit complaining, why should a game always have an equal amount of penalties called on both teams? The Penguins were just more disciplined than the Caps.

Bruce Boudreau also made a huge error last night in loading up with Ovechkin, Semin, and Backstrom. That line was contained and the other lines after that were not a threat at all. If the Caps are going to win this series, they need to spread out their top players like the Penguins do.

Posted by: SC87 | May 7, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Seemed the Caps organization enjoyed the penalty disparity when it goes in their favor, as it did against the Rangers. The Rangers were called for looking at the Caps, especially games four and five. That turned the tide and NY lost. When the shoes is on the other foot, the Caps whine. Typical Caps, typical D.C. sports. Complain, Complain, Complain.

Posted by: mobjack_bay | May 7, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, George, for finally speaking up and saying what the fans have noticed for some time now. The Caps deserved some of their penalties last night, but the one on Jurcina for delay of game for knocking the goal off was RIDICULOUS. It was obvious that he was cross-checked into the goal (and he had no reason to knock the goal off in the game situation at that time anway). The "slash" on Varlamov was also completely absurd. It was obvious that Malkin was falling all over him,and the slash was a laughable call. There were also several calls on the Pens that were not made. If George gets fined for speaking the truth, especially after all the Pens' whining, please post an address for where we can send him contributions for reimbursement. In any case, it does not matter because Ovi is now mad (rightly so), and the Caps will beat the Pens tomorrow night.

Posted by: hockeybob | May 7, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Not Ovy's fault mcflurry sucks. They haven't contained him at all. 5 goals in 3 games.

Not all of the penalties were deserved. Malkin falling like he'd been shot? Right. Varly tapping him with his stick and gets a slash called? Right. Malkin obviously interferring with Varly. No call. More disciplined my arse. It was obvious that the calls were all going the pens way. 17-9 through 3 games? No one said anything about equal. How the penwhiners could complain after game 2 when they had the majority of the PP's is both sad and comical. They are outmatched so they have to whine to the officials.
So when Bylsma was whining to the refs did you want him to stop complaining? Probably not. The fact that penwhiner fans think all the penalties are deserved and how the poor penwhiners were so wronged shows what a joke they are.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 7, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Seemed the Caps organization enjoyed the penalty disparity when it goes in their favor, as it did against the Rangers. The Rangers were called for looking at the Caps, especially games four and five. That turned the tide and NY lost. When the shoes is on the other foot, the Caps whine. Typical Caps, typical D.C. sports. Complain, Complain, Complain.

Posted by: mobjack_bay | May 7, 2009 9:22 PM

Typical whiny fan of teams that got booted from the playoffs. What turned the tide was the fact the caps chased henrik from the net not once, not twice, but 3 times.

Total penalties in the NYR series: Was 38 NYR 45

7 more penalties in a 7 game series.


Posted by: Chase4 | May 7, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

LOL the Penguins are not outmatched, they have been outplaying them the whole series. They almost won in Washington WITHOUT Malkin playing at his best. Now that they have all their guys going, they are not going to lose a game.

Posted by: SC87 | May 7, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow. If the Penguins have ALL their guys going, I'd expect them to score more than two goals in regulation.

Look at it this way: The Capitals are up, two games to one, without significant offensive contributions from Semin, Kozlov, Fedorov, Green or Laich. Hmmm.

McPhee is right. The officials have not protected the goaltender as they should.

Posted by: Cerealman | May 7, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Semin will not do anything this series. He is so fragile and easily containable. He is not an elite player. Fedorov? Fedorov is way past his prime and is not going to contribute offensively anymore.

Posted by: SC87 | May 7, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Who knows what Semin will do this series? But your credibility is shaky ... you categorize a 34-goal scorer as "easily containable"?

And while Fedorov is past his prime, you might have missed his goal in Game Seven of the previous round.

You've blabbed away about how poor the Capitals have played ... yet we're up 2-1. I hate to see what happens if we start playing better. :)

Varly > Fluery

Posted by: Cerealman | May 8, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I love how Pens fans go anywhere just to write a dumb comment and show their ignorance. I wont even read the Pit Post-Gazette if my life depends on it. After game 2 it was no longer how you retards couldnt score on PP, it became how they are setting picks against us. I could have sworn that there was gonna be pick PK on Caps yesterday and just like that they called on Nylander.

Posted by: PlzGodCome | May 8, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

When Semin plays close to a full season without getting injured and gets 100 points he will never be considered an elite player.

Varlamov does not > Fleury. If Varlamov plays this well over a full season and compare that to Fleury's season (presumably next year) than we can compare the two.

Posted by: SC87 | May 8, 2009 12:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm not one to complain about refereeing. Sometimes you have to play the other team and the refs. That's just the way it is, suck it up and find a way to win.

Having said that, I agree with McPhee speaking out because of Varlamov. They should not be allowed to run roughshod on the guy and then call him for love tapping a guy that just ran over him. That's just wrong and should not occur on a professional level. Not to mention the Kunutz [sic] cross checking Varlamov in the neck.

Is it a maneuvering ploy? Yeah, it sure is, but something had to be done to protect the Caps goalie. Can you imagine what would happen if the Caps had done similar things to Fleury?

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | May 8, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Posted an elaborate message that this is the result of Canadian nationalism as the refs, the league, and the announcers have all adopted Pittsburgh as an extension of Ontario ruled by King Mario and Prince Cindy. Somebody reported it as abuse, so it must have touched nerve somewhere. LOL!!!

Posted by: washingtonpost31 | May 8, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Caps fans, please help. Can you reference the portion of the rulebook where it mentions that a referee's job is to ensure that each team is given equal power play opportunities, regardless of a difference in talent level or style of play? Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Posted by: 6and1 | May 10, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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