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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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NHL releases Capitals 2017-2018 regular season schedule

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NHL releases Capitals 2017-2018 regular season schedule

The Washington Capitals' 2017-2018 season includes 34 home games at Verizon Center and two, four-game homestands.

The Caps open the season in Ottawa against the Senators Thursday, Oct. 5.

The first home game of the season will be against the Montreal Canadians Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Verizon Center.

Here are some other notable dates on the schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 11 — The Caps host defending Stanley Cup champion and rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

Friday, Nov. 10 — The Caps travel to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins

Tuesday, Nov. 14 — The Caps face the defending Western Conference champions, the Nashville Predators in Nashville.

Saturday, Nov. 18 to Friday, Nov. 24 — The Caps host a four-game homestand against Minnesota, Calgary, Ottawa and Tampa Bay respectively.

Saturday, Dec. 2 to Friday, Dec. 8 — The Caps host a four-game homestand against Columbus, San Jose, Chicago and the Rangers respectively.

Saturday, Dec. 23 — The Caps travel to Las Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the first time.

Saturday, Jan. 13 to Wednesday, Jan. 17 — BYE WEEK

Saturday, Jan. 27 to Sunday, Jan. 28 — All Star Weekend

Friday, Feb. 2 — The Caps travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins for the third time this season.

Sunday, Feb. 4 — The Caps host the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Super Bowl Sunday.

Saturday, Mar. 3 — The Caps host the Mape Leafs for their Stadium Series game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

Sunday, Apr. 1 — The Caps travel to Pittsburgh for the fourth and final time.

Thursday, Apr. 5 — The Caps host the Nashville Predators in their second to last game of the season.

Saturday, Apr. 7 — The Caps regular season ends at home against the New Jersey Devils.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL 2017-2018 SCHEDULE

 

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Caps re-sign Djoos, could he be a potential Schmidt replacement?

Caps re-sign Djoos, could he be a potential Schmidt replacement?

In the wake of losing Nate Schmidt to the Vegas expansion draft, the Capitals re-signed defensive prospect Christian Djoos to a two-year, $1.3 million contract with the Caps, Brian MacLellan announced Wednesday.

Re-signing Djoos, a restricted free agent, became a huge priority for Washington in the wake of the expansion draft. Djoos was expected to compete along with Madison Bowey for a spot on the NHL roster next season even before Schmidt's sudden departure. Now the team may find itself in need of both prospects to take on full-time roles next season.

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The Caps are returning Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov and John Carlson next season, all who are expected to take top-three roles. Behind them are Brooks Orpik and Taylor Chorney. That gives the team only five defensemen when most teams carry seven.

Djoos, 22, showed he could be ready for the move up to the NHL with a 58-point season in Hershey. He is a great skater and tremendously skilled, but there are questions about his size. He is 6 feet tall and weighs only 164 pounds, putting him on the small side. Does he have the skill to make up for that lack of size? That is what the Caps will be asking themselves this offseason.

One other thing to consider si the fact that Djoos is no longer waiver exempt. he could prove to be a pretty tempting prospect for any teams if the Caps try to call him up or send him to the AHL. Wherever he starts at the beginning of the season, Washington or Hershey, is likely where he will stay.

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