CHICAGO | Earlier in the week, the Washington Capitals were frustrated about a missed high-sticking call that left Mike Knuble’s nose cut and bloody. On Friday night, there were a few missed calls that had the Caps weren’t too happy about.
First, a high hit from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Mark Stuart on Marcus Johansson.
“Apparently Mark Stuart can hit guys in the head. He did it to [Troy] Brouwer; he did it to Marcus,” forward Brooks Laich said. “I’m not an official. It seems like every game we’re down five, six penalties; we get one or two power plays. It’s not an excuse.”
It’s not an excuse, but the frustration was there after the 3-2 loss to the Jets. Stuart’s hit to Johansson’s head with his forearm did not lead to a power play.
“They didn’t call it on the ice, so you cant do much about it,” Brouwer said. “You’ve got to play on, and if anything’s going to happen, it’s going to happen now when they take a look at it.”
There was still no official word early Saturday afternoon whether Stuart would face an NHL disciplinary hearing.
But the play that had the Caps talking the most Friday night was Alexander Burmistrov holding John Carlson’s stick in front of the net on the game-winning goal. Replays clearly showed Burmistrov holding Carlson’s stick with his left glove.
“Carly was trying to get free so he could block the pass and Burmistrov was holding his stick, he said, for probably five seconds,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “That’s why he couldn’t block the pass.”
The Caps took six minor penalties, two each by Jason Chimera and Brouwer, and Winnipeg got five power-plays and went 0-for-5. Washington went 1-for-3 on the power play.
“Some of the penalties were warranted,” Laich said. “We did some hookings and trippings. And we knew they had a good power play. We have to say out of the box more.”