Alex Ovechkin ejected after sarcastically applauding officials (VIDEO)
The Washington Capitals leader slammed the referees following a 5-2 loss to the Canes, calling their decision to wave his goal off “kinda weird.”
The Caps were trailing 3-2 in the third period when Ovi appeared to tie the game by sending a loose puck into Petr Mrazek’s net. However, the goal was disallowed for goaltender interference. The referees believed Ovechkin touched Mrazek’s pad while the goal was being scored.
Lip reading the great Alexander Ovechkin: “Sir, I respectfully disagree with that call!!” 😂 pic.twitter.com/4RvLUHAFxN— JJ Krawczyk (@JJKrawczyk) April 23, 2019
The 33-year-old Russian was penalized for slashing Carolina’s Saku Maenalanen with just 68 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Caps captain then skated towards the officials, sarcastically applauding them for their earlier decision to disallow his goal. Ovi was then assessed a 10-minute game misconduct and ejected from the game.
Alex Ovechkin slashes Saku Maenalanen, applauds the penalty call and gets ejected pic.twitter.com/cnijrY8PcE— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 23, 2019
“Yes, I saw the puck. He didn’t gain control, he didn’t see it,” Ovechkin told the media following the game. “So, I don’t know what the referee saw but his explanation was, you know, kinda weird. But, it’s okay. It’s over. Move forward.”
“They make weird calls all game, but not surprised. I don’t want to be bad guy or something, but it wasn’t fun,” he added.
The defending Stanley Cup champions are now tied 3-3 in the best-of-seven series against Carolina, which now goes to a decisive game 7 in Washington.