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Why Avalanche’s Cal McCarr overturned a penalty: ‘I felt so guilty’

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Denver – Cal Makar He will feel guilty no matter what he did. Either he would have taken advantage of a bad call or he would – in his eyes – let it go Avalanche colleagues down. He chose to speak with the officials.

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“It shows you who Cal is,” said Colorado coach Jared Bednar. “Typical cal.”

Late in the first period vs Islanders On Monday, Makar fell sledding around Colorado Grid. The referee raised his hand to demand a penalty kick Matthew Barzalwho was defending Makar.

But the Avalanche defenseman waved his hand to the referee. He went down on his own and didn’t want to call the penalty.

“The referee who called him was not the man in the center of the ice,” Makar said after Colorado’s 1-0 win on penalties. “He was kind of behind the net on the far side. I don’t think he had a good angle with that. He just saw me fall. I’d like to think most of the times I fall because someone trips me up. The one that just lost a feature. I felt so guilty about it.” The boys are over there.”

Barzal added, “Obviously, good sportsmanship on his part. I don’t know if I would do the same, to be honest with you.”

After a short discussion among the officials, the crew announced that there was no penalty for the play. The Ball crowd erupted in boos. Meanwhile, Makar felt guilty on the bench.

“I felt more guilty for doing it than if I didn’t say anything,” he said. “I don’t know if this is something I would do again.”

“It’s nice to see some integrity going on,” said the Islanders’ captain Andress me He said. “Sometimes you have to take the power play, you know? But, at the end of the day, they want to make the call right, and I think that’s the most important thing. It’s a fast game, and it’s a tough one for the referee. An honorable thing for him to do.”

None of that cost the Avalanche, who dominated in putts (46-26), equal-powered shot attempts (76-46, per natural stat trick) and high-risk scoring opportunities (18-10, per natural stat trick). The score remained 0-0 through extra time, despite an outstanding performance by the goalkeeper Ilya Sorokin.

Colorado Alexander Georgiev Despite his dominance, he also stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout. Evan RodriguesMeanwhile, he scored the winner for Colorado. The hockey gods came for Makar and did not yet punish the Avalanche for his honesty.

“It was a pity that we didn’t get the extra point in this match,” he said.

Dave Jackson, ex NHL said the referee, who now works for ESPN as a rules analyst the athlete He had not seen anything similar to what happened in Makar-Brazal’s play.

“I’ve seen where a punished player has complained so much that the officials come together and realize it was a wrong call, but I’ve never seen a player wave a power play and the referee actually listens without having a lengthy discussion with Makar is an honest hockey player, and that’s going to go a long way,” Jackson said. In the eyes of officials, in terms of respect.”

Makar could leave the final mark on the match at the end of extra time when he almost scored a goal Mikko Rantanen. But the New York guard came again and made the save. It took a special move to beat Sorokin, and Rodriguez delivered a beautiful forehand and backhand in the shootout.

But talking about the game was Makar, the Norris Trophy winner.

The 24-year-old has expressed frustration with referees’ decisions after several games this season, both on and off calls, such as when he thought he was stumped on Saturday. Nashville. The officials did toughen up against the Islanders, and added that it “saved the referee some media attention”.

A similar play of Makar wave occurred in the spring when capitals star Alex Ovechkin Seemed like waving a penalty against Vegas. Rodriguez stated that he was aware of this play and said that despite Makar’s guilt, he had no problem with him canceling the penalty.

“That’s just no. He’s an honest player,” Rodriguez said. “He goes through the game the right way.”

When asked if he would mourn Makar over the play, the center said, “You don’t blow Cal.”

“It’s Cal,” he added, laughing. “He can do whatever he wants in my book.”

(Photo: Ron Chinoy/USA Today)

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