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Capitals call Derek Dorsett's hit on Mike Green 'a dangerous play'

The Capitals and Rangers mix it up after

The Capitals and Rangers mix it up after the buzzer ended Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. (May 12, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

The lack of penalties on the Rangers in Game 6 -- none until the scrum at the final buzzer Sunday -- irritated the Capitals, especially after what they saw as a slew foot by Derek Dorsett with 6:14 left in the third period.

Mike Green retaliated and was penalized for cross-checking Dorsett in the mouth.

"Tonight shouldn't have been so lopsided," Braden Holtby said, referring to the 5-0 advantage in power plays for the Rangers. "We all know that, everyone sees that. That part is frustrating, but I thought our guys did a very good job of keeping their composure through it. We won't use it as an excuse, we'll be prepared for [Monday night]. Our PK is holding us in the series."

Capitals coach Adam Oates said that the Rangers forward's hit on Green prior to the crosscheck "looked like a slew foot, [a] very dangerous play."

Holtby thought it was clear. "The one that we all had a problem with, obviously, was the one on Greenie, that's a play that should be reviewed. It's only because Greenie's one of the best skaters in the world that he didn't fall on his back there. It's a dirty slew foot and we're shorthanded from it."

Defenseman Karl Alzner told reporters: "I completely agree. Very, very dangerous."

Said Dorsett: "I think when I'm playing hard, I can get under the skin of other guys."

After the final horn, Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi were assessed minors for roughing as a scrum ensued in the corner to the left of Henrik Lundqvist. But John Carlson and Troy Brouwer also were whistled for roughing, bringing the total penalties to 7-2.


Blue notes

The Rangers won 27 of 45 faceoffs (60 percent) . . . John Moore's assist was his first playoff point . . . Brad Richards played just 9:34 on 10 shifts . . . Chris Kreider, subbing for the injured Ryane Clowe, got only 4:05 of ice time.

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