Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin appeared to be continuing his playoff magic in the middle on the third period Monday night when he scored to tie the game 3-3.

Then the goal was waved off.

He couldn't believe it. Neither could the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals, who return to Washington for a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) with their first-round series against the Hurricanes tied 3-3 after a 5-2 loss in Carolina.

And Ovechkin ended up leaving the game in the final minutes after being handed a 10-minute misconduct for clapping sarcastically after a slashing penalty.

Ovechkin, who scored earlier in the game, knocked in the puck with 9:26 left in the third period after teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov had tucked the puck into the crease behind Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek.

Capitals coach Todd Reirden challenged the waved-off goal, but the NHL's Situation Room sided with the on-ice referees that Ovechkin had interfered with Mrazek "by pushing his pad, causing the puck to enter the net."

It cited Rule 69.3, which states, "If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed."