Canes force Game 7 as Caps have goal controversially washed out

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Talk about a cruel turn of events.

The Hurricanes took a 3-2 lead over the Capitals early in the third period of Game 6 Monday night through Jordan Staal. 

Staal gives Carolina the 3-2 lead #CapsCanes

— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) April 23, 2019

However, Alex Ovechkin believed he had tied the game at the 10:34 mark, but the goal was washed out due to "goalie interference." 

"No goal"

— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) April 23, 2019

Here's the ruling from the NHL Situation Room on Ovechkin goal that was disallowed.

— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) April 23, 2019

Suffice it to say, the decision was not a popular one in the DMV.

From that angle on @NBCSWashington - I agree with @Laughlin18 that Ovechkin appeared to touch the goaltender pad with his stick first before touching the puck, but as @JoeBpXp pointed out - Mrazek wasn't shoved over the goal line by the contact. I have no idea anymore. Does @NHL?

— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) April 23, 2019

That's a BAD call. You can tell by the body position that Mrazek doesn't have the puck. That's horsedung. #ALLCAPS

— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) April 23, 2019

Nothing about that call makes sense.

— Brendan Darr (@BrendanDarr) April 23, 2019

And moments later, Carolina forward and former Capital Justin Williams scored to put the Hurricanes up two. 

Just @JustinWilliams doing Justin Williams things --

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) April 23, 2019

The Canes added an ENG to make the final score 5-2, while Ovechkin was tossed after voicing too much displeasure. 

Lip reading the great Alexander Ovechkin: “Sir, I respectfully disagree with that call!!” --

— JJ Krawczyk (@JJKrawczyk) April 23, 2019

Alex Ovechkin not happy with the @NHL officials here & in Toronto. Not should he be. @1067theFan #Caps #StanleyCup

— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) April 23, 2019

The Caps and Canes will now face off in a Game 7 Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. The home team has won every game in the series thus far, but D.C. fans are all too familiar with Game 7 heartbreak.

if @The1SportsNerd's math was accurate today during the show the Caps have had 7 game 7's at home since 2008. 2-5 in them. Not exactly inspiring.

— Eric Bickel (@EBJunkies) April 23, 2019

The Capitals and Hurricanes are headed to a Game 7, and that might not be great news for the defending Stanley Cup Champions.The Caps are 5-11 all-time in Game 7s, the worst winning pct in the NHL (min. 10 Game 7s).The Hurricanes are 4-0 in Game 7s since moving to Carolina.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 23, 2019

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