The Washington Times - March 13, 2012, 11:27PM

UNIONDALE, N.Y. | On the wrong end of a power-play discrepancy Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals were not all too happy when referees Dean Morton and Don VanMassenhoven didn’t call a high stick Mike Knuble drew in the final minutes of the third period.

“That what was all the referee talking there was they missed the call,” said Knuble, who was sporting a fresh cut on the bridge his nose as evidence. “We were just trying to make the point it was 5-0 power plays and give us that.”


The Caps got nothing in the way of power plays against the New York Islanders, who enjoyed five of them.

“That’s a lot of penalties. They got their momentum off it; they scored two power-play goals,” coach Dale Hunter said. “It was one of those games we had none, so we couldn’t generate anything. That was the big difference early in the game, too. It took our momentum away.”

It’s the second time in six games no minor penalties were called on the opponent.

Suffice it to say the Caps weren’t thrilled about not getting any calls to go their way in a 5-4 shootout victory. Opportunities were certainly there.

We had the puck in the offensive zone enough to warrant some calls,” Knuble said. “But I don’t know if they played a saintly game or something, I don’t know. Our penalties were penalties. Usually it doesn’t work out that it’s 5-0.”

Asked about that discrepancy, Hunter didn’t say anything that would even touch on inflammatory. Instead he pointed out Morton and VanMassenhoven’s humanity and to the missed call on Knuble.

“It’s one of those things where Knubs gets cut in the third period, but it’s one of those things we’re all humans out there,” the Caps’ coach said. “They just missed it. So that’s part of the game.”