The Washington Capitals were obviously frustrated by their 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series and perhaps no one was more vocal about it than Alexander Ovechkin.
In an interview with Slava Malamud of the Russian newspaper Sport-Express after the game on Monday night, Ovechkin didn't hide his displeasure with the officiating and even took it up to another level.
"I am not saying there was a phone call from (the league), but someone just wanted Game 7," he told the paper.
"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 Capitals), while for us any little thing was immediately penalized."
The Capitals had 16 power play chances over the seven games compared to 28 for the Rangers, while Washington had no chances in Game 6.
"The refereeing - You understand it yourself," said Ovechkin. "How can there be no penalties at all during the playoffs?"
Ovechkin was held off scoreless for the final five games of the first round series and was held to a single shot on goal in Game 7. He had just one goal and one assist in the series.