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What Was Hold Up With Dowd’s Game-Tying Goal? Why Wings Wanted It Waved Off

Here’s why the Detroit Red Wings wanted Nic Dowd’s second goal waved off in the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 overtime win on Monday.



WASHINGTON — After Nic Dowd scored his second goal of the game to tie the game for the Washington Capitals in the second period of Monday's tilt with the Detroit Red Wings, play stopped for quite some time, as Ville Husso and other Detroit players followed the officials and pled a case that the goal shouldn't have counted.

Why? The Red Wings claimed that the puck went over the glass and hit the netting before the goal and, therefore, should have been blown dead. However, the play continued, and Dowd made it 2-2.

"[Ville Husso] said it hit the netting. He was adamant it hit the netting. It hit the netting," head coach Derek Lalonde said. "It's just unfortunate, probably a flaw in the system. Our guys know it hit the netting. Ville's 100 percent adamant that it hit the netting, but they're not getting us a feed."

Dowd had scored his first of the game just 11 seconds earlier, and his second came when he drove to the net and redirected a nice feed from Nick Jensen past Husso to even the score and make it a whole new game for the Capitals.

Following the play, Lalonde said that the officials gave Detroit a lot of time to review and potentially challenge, but there was allegedly no video evidence supporting the Red Wings' theory.

"They kept replaying the goal, so it's really frustrating. It's a flawed system. I don't know what we're trying to do here," Lalonde continued. "They kept doing it back, and you could see it go over the class. And common sense is it hit the netting."

Dowd's two goals in 11 seconds — the fastest back-to-back goals by a Washington player this season —  would pave the way for a 4-3 comeback victory for the Capitals in overtime against the Red Wings, who have now dropped four straight games.

"It is what it is. It's frustrating because it went against us tonight. but the fact that our goalie is adamant it hit the netting, our guys are adamant it hit the netting and then we don't get a feed from it? It's a broken system. It is what it is."