The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Washington Capitals for the second time in three games on Sunday, and the controversy at the end of the game has Capitals coach Barry Trotz frustrated.
Washington and Columbus were knotted up at two goals apiece with 1:34 left in regulation when Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was penalized for high-sticking on Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno.
The Capitals were upset about it, particularly after Trotz and his staff saw the replays from the bench. Even more so when Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg scored the game-winning goal on the ensuing power play.
After the game, Trotz suggested the league needed to levy fines at Foligno or the Blue Jackets for what he perceived as embellishment.
“I hope the League looks at that. I mean, if you look at that … if you see the replay, he doesn’t really touch him. And his head pops up when Backie’s stick is on the way down. That’s just a little bit disrespectful to the game,” said Trotz.
“The League will look at that, and we have fines for that. So I’m sure that will be something that they took advantage of. It’s something I wouldn’t be too happy about if I were a referee.”
NHL rules dictate that a player can be fined at least $5,000 upon his second embellishment offense, depending on how many priors he has accrued.