The New York Rangers took game three of the NHL’s Eastern conference quarterfinals from the Washington Capitals 3-2. In a game in which Washington surrendered eight minors to New York, much of the talk following the loss surrounded the officiating of Sunday’s matchup.
“They’re calling them a little tight now in the playoffs, as everyone’s heard around the league we’ve just got to be a little more disciplined,” Matt Hendricks said according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Ten minutes and 33 seconds of power play time and two five on threes were awarded to the Rangers on Sunday. Nicklas Backstrom wasn’t real siked about it. “I don’t know, some of those calls wasn’t a penalty, I think,” Backstrom said.
His coach Bruce Boudreau agreed in his intermission interview during NBC’s broadcast of the game. “Well, we gotta stay out of the penalty box,” Boudreau told Darren Pang of NBC. “But I mean, they’re pretty ticky-tacky little calls out there for a playoff game.”
Alex Ovechkin put his frustrations behind him and is already looking forward to game four on Wednesday. “I think we have to realize we can’t do it. Just get forget it and get ready for the next game,” Ovechkin said.