NEW YORK | Adam Oates knows his Washington Capitals need to be more disciplined, but the coach took issue Tuesday with a too many men on the ice penalty from the Game 3 loss to the New York Rangers.
The Caps were whistled for the bench minor at the 14:08 mark of the first period when Mathieu Perreault jumped in to thwart the Rangers’ rush. Replays showed New York had at least eight and perhaps nine players on the ice in the neutral zone or in the vicinity of the bench.
“Watching it I think it’s a wrong call,” Oates said. “You look at the tape, both guys touch the puck at the same time, there’s still 12 guys on the ice. To me, that’s a bad call. Obviously the [TV] commentator called it, too.”
It was not clear if the officials had an explanation for why the call went against the Caps and not both teams. When a television reporter showed Oates a screen cap of the play, he said: “That’s a lot of people on the ice right there.”
“But they see what they see. It’s frustrating and it’s one of the hardest things is as a player you can’t let that affect you. Maybe that led into another call, who knows? But at the time it’s very frustrating.”
The Caps took six minor penalties to the Rangers’ three in a 4-3 loss Monday night. Several of the calls were justified, but the too many men penalty rubbed Oates the wrong way.
“We sit here the next day saying, ‘What we do about discipline?’ Yet that call you see 12 guys on the ice, he said. “Is that our fault? So I can’t yell at the guys for discipline when, to me, they were in the right spot.”