Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin skates to the bench during Game 6 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, May 12, 2013. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters)
After Monday’s Game 7 drubbing at the hands of the New York Rangers, Alex Ovechkin let loose his frustration.
In a Russian-language interview with Sport-Express, translated by Yahoo! Sports, the Washington Capitals captain claimed that in Game 6 the referees tilted the odds in favour of New York in order for there to be a seventh game.
“How can there be no penalties at all (on one team) during the playoffs?” he said.
“I am not saying there was a phone call from (the league), but someone just wanted Game 7. For the ratings. You know, the lockout, escrow, the league needs to make profit ... I don’t know whether the refs were predisposed against us or the league. But to not give obvious penalties (against the Rangers), while for us any little thing was immediately penalized.”
The Rangers had five power plays in Game 6; the Capitals had none. New York won that game 1-0 (5-on-5 goal) and followed up with 5-0 win in Game 7.
After finishing the regular season on a high note with 22 goals in the last 21 games, Ovechkin scored just one goal in the post-season, a power-play tally back in Game 1 on May 2.