Clock malfunctions have become commonplace in the NHL this season, and on Thursday night in Game 4 between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins, a few extra seconds almost came back to bite the home team at Verizon Center.
The Capitals held the 2-1 lead late in the game. On a face off to the left of Caps goaltender Braden Holtby with just 9-and-a-half seconds on the third period clock, the Bruins gained possession near the goal line. They were able to push the puck back out to the point and across the ice before the clock began rolling. By my highly unofficial count, it seemed to be about five-and-a-half seconds of added time before seconds finally began to tick off.
Here's the video:
Holtby had to make one more huge save at the final second -- just one of his 44 total in the game -- but had that puck found its way in the net, there would have been one hell of a controversy on the NHL's hands.
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