Comcast SportsNet Capitals’ play-by-play voice Joe Beninati joined the Junkies on Tuesday to help pick up the pieces after a devastating and shocking Game 5 loss to the New York Rangers.
Washington’s Joel Ward went from playoff hero to goat in just a few moments. Ward received a four-minute high-sticking double minor penalty for drawing blood on Carl Hagelin with about 20 seconds left in the game with the Caps up 2-1.
With six-seconds left Brad Richards knocked in a rebound past goalie Branden Holtby to tie it up. In overtime, the Rangers scored again to win, still on a power-play from Ward’s penalty, to go up 3-2 in the series.
“It has to be called,” Beninati said of Ward’s penalty. “It was violent.”
Ward told the media the penalty was accidental, which Beninati predicted.
“Every hockey coach will tell you, ‘Joel, you got to keep your head up,’ Beninati said.
Joe doesn’t think all hope is lost however as discouraging as Monday night’s loss was.
“It’s sickening the way the game ended. If they play the same game tomorrow night, they will come away winners.”
The Junkies also talked to Beninati about Alex Ovechkin’s playing time and whether or not Hunter is letting the Rangers “coach his bench”
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