McPhee questions officiating after first-round exit

McPhee questions officiating after first-round exit
May 15, 2013, 2:30 pm
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McPhee agrees with Ovi regarding refs

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin raised a few eyebrows around the NHL on Monday night when he wondered if all the penalties assessed to the Caps in Game 6 against the Rangers was a way of getting the two teams to play a decisive Game 7.

“For the ratings,” Ovechkin said. “You know, the lockout, escrow, the league needs to make profit.”

On Wednesday Capitals general manager George McPhee essentially said Ovechkin was right.

“I don’t think there’s a league conspiracy,” McPhee said Wednesday, “but it sure didn’t feel right. And Alex wasn’t wrong.”

McPhee said he liked the way the Capitals were playing through the first two games of the series and noted they took a 1-0 lead in game 3 in New York.

“Then things changed,” McPhee said. “I don’t know why there were six penalties [against the Caps] in the first 30 minutes of that game. I don’t know why. What did we do to deserve that?

“And then you come back to Washington, you win [Game 5] and now you’re up 3-2 going back and it’s five-nothing in power plays [in favor of the Rangers]. It’s probably unprecedented in a 1-0 hockey game in this league. One team gets five power plays and one team gets nothing. I can’t explain that. I don’t know why that happened.”

McPhee said he spoke with someone from the league offices during the series, “but at some point you stop. They referee the way they referee.”