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Why Shore's first period goal was upheld and why it is the wrong call

Why Shore's first period goal was upheld and why it is the wrong call

The Capitals found themselves down early against the Dallas Stars after a controversial goal by Dallas forward Devin Shore was upheld after a coach’s challenge.

Less than two minutes into the game, a long-range shot from Stephen Johns was deflected on net forcing a spectacular toe save from Braden Holtby. The save, however, forced him to slide to the far left. Stars forward Patrick Sharp took the puck for a wrap around to the right. Holtby tried to recover, but could not as Shore was in the crease blocking his way. Shore had been pushed into the crease by Brooks Orpik and was eventually able to knock the puck into the empty net after Sharp’s initial attempt did not go in.

You can see the play in the video above.

The goal was immediately challenged by Barry Trotz, but was upheld after the review.

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The NHL released an explanation via the Situation Room blog:

At 1:48 of the first period in the Stars/Capitals game, Washington requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Devin Shore interfered with Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby prior to Dallas' goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that the actions of the Washington player caused Shore to contact Holtby before the puck crossed the goal line. The decision was made in accordance with Note 2 of Rule 78.7 (ii) which states, in part, that the goal should be allowed because "the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by a defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper."

Orpik certainly pushed Shore into the crease. There’s no argument there. The problem is that Shore made no effort to get out of the crease once he was in. When a player is pushed into the crease, that doesn’t give him the right to simply set up shop. It’s incumbent on him to make a reasonable effort to get out.

When watching the play, Shore has an opportunity to attempt to get out of the crease, but remains in place. At best, he was unintentionally blocking Holtby’s path to the puck. At worst, he was taking advantage of Orpik’s push to restrict Holtby from reaching the far side of the net.

Either way, it certainly looked like goalie interference, even with the push from Orpik.

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Prediction recap: Washington survives Toronto's best shot

Prediction recap: Washington survives Toronto's best shot

The Maple Leafs made a push for Game 7, but in the end they fell in Game 6 as the Caps took the game and the series on Sunday.

Here's a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. Toronto will score in the third period - Correct

The hockey gods would not allow this prediction to be wrong. Did you see that bounce off the boards? Not only did it bounce right into the danger area right in front of the bench, it went to the Maple Leafs’ leading scorer in Auston Matthews.

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2. Someone will take a penalty against Alex Ovechkin - Wrong

Give Mike Babcock all the credit in the world. Every point where you thought lack of experience would hurt Toronto, it didn’t. That speaks to coaching. I thought the Maple Leafs would try to coax a penalty out of Ovechkin, but would get carried away. Yet, despite their inexperience and the pressure of the moment, Toronto remained very disciplined.

3. If Toronto leads after the first period, the series is going 7 games - Push

For the first time all series, the score after the first period was 0-0. Both teams had chances but looked more tentative than they had earlier in the series. They recognized what was at stake on Sunday and affected the play to a degree.

2017 Results: I expected to see Toronto’s best push in Game 6 and I was not sure how the Caps would respond. Washington’s response late in the game was very impressive and a great sign for Caps fans going forward in the postseason.

Correct: 8
Wrong: 9
Push: 1

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Justin Williams welcomed back to DC after Game 6 by speeding ticket

Justin Williams welcomed back to DC after Game 6 by speeding ticket

It was a good week for Justin Williams.

On Friday, the clutch veteran scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 5 to give the Capitals a 3-1 series lead over the Maple Leafs.

On Sunday, in an elimination Game 6, he assisted on the Marcus Johansson overtime winner in Game 6, advancing the Capitals in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But when Williams returned to the Washington, D.C. area early Monday morning, he was greeted by some less than clutch news.

He was issued a speeding ticket.

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Based on his tweet, it's still unclear if ti was a an automated ticket from a speed camera zone or if he was pulled over on his way back from the airport.

But nonetheless, it's a less than ideal addition to the 'welcome home' celebration.

Up next for William sis is an equally frustrating scenario: A seven-game series with the Penguins, which begins Thursday night.