Kovacevic: Wilson’s head shot on Dumoulin intentional, malicious


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Brian Dumoulin is checked in the head by the Capitals' Tom Wilson, background. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

WASHINGTON -- The Penguins didn't lose because of the on-ice officiating.

No, they lost Game 2 of their Stanley Cup playoff series with the Capitals, 4-1, on this Sunday afternoon at Capital One Arena, because they yet again hit the snooze button through the first period, because they failed to register a consistent offensive pulse beyond the Sidney Crosby line, because Matt Murray's glove hand again didn't rise to the occasion -- literally, meaning upward — and because they were eventually bound to miss Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin.

Oh, and I'll throw in not one but two botched replay calls in New York, but that's separate from the referees and linesmen on the scene.

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