The following was originally written by SB Nation’s Rafal Ladysz.
Carey Price made a glove save on Mike Knuble which yielded an inviting rebound. Hal Gill had the puck between his feet when Alexander Ovechkin checked him into the Montreal goaltender and the disc went in behind Price. The greatest goal-scorer in the NHL today looked to have found a new way of doing so without the use of his stick. Ovechkin finished his check cleanly and the momentum carried the puck into the goal.
They can’t find nothing wrong with that, can they? Sure they can, they’re the officials and if there’s one thing this league’s referees know how to do, it’s supplying idiotic decisions. Originally called a goal, it became canceled shortly thereafter as Ovechkin was called for interference without the penalty.
The Russian didn’t take a run at him and there was nothing dirty involved with the hit. Is it Ovechkin’s fault that Gill (a man listed as 6’ 7" and 241 pounds) had his head down and couldn’t locate the puck? Then, the officials decided to give Washington a powerplay 16 seconds later attempting to make up for Ovechkin’s disallowed goal as Ryan O’Byrne was whistled for a rather weak roughing call.
A suggestion for NHL referees: why not take the time to make a correct decision instead of jumping the gun and hoping to make amends later on?