NHL referees

Capitals discuss ‘lopsided’ penalty calls


When you’re invested in the results of a game, it’s easy to think that officials are “out to get your team” when they make calls. That’s especially true if the differences seem stark.

Some Washington Capitals fans – and maybe a few players – might feel that something’s up after Game 6.

While the putrid New York Rangers power play went 0-for-5 on Sunday, the Caps didn’t draw a single penalty. That’s the first time that’s happened all season for Washington, according to the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

Troy Brouwer is among the Capitals speaking out against the disparity in penalty calls, as CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley reports.

“We deserved some, we didn’t deserve some,” Brouwer said. “I can’t believe they didn’t get a penalty tonight. It seems a little outlandish.”

Goalie Braden Holtby shared his agreement with the Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno.

“Tonight shouldn’t have been so lopsided,” Holtby said. “It shouldn’t have. We all know that … We won’t use it as an excuse.”

Head coach Adam Oates was mostly diplomatic, merely pointing to an alleged slew foot by Derek Dorsett as a missed call.

At this point, you might be asking: how bad has it been? Here’s a power play breakdown for the series:

Game 1
Rangers received four power plays, Capitals received five

Game 2
Rangers received three, Capitals received two

Game 3
Rangers received six, Capitals received three

Game 4
Rangers received four, Capitals received two

Game 5
Rangers received four, Capitals received two

Game 6
Rangers received five, Capitals received none

Overall, New York has been on 26 power plays while Washington has only had 14. Even so, the Capitals have scored three power-play goals to just two for the Rangers.

There are plenty of possible explanations for the “lopsided” whistles, but that won’t stop conspiracy theorists from wondering if something fishy is going on.

Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

Mike Richards

The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.

Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.

Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”

Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:

  • He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
  • Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
  • The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.

… Yeah.

Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.

Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?

Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

Jonathan Quick

Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.

Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.

Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).


A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:

Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.

It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.


After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.

Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.