Like real estate, officiating is all about location, location, location.

Unfortunately for linesman Lonnie Cameron, he wasn’t in the ideal location for one particular play late in Wednesday night’s game between the Washington Capitals and the San Jose Sharks.

As Caps forward Jay Beagle broke into the zone along the boards, Cameron moved away from the wall and signaled the play on-side.  He also inadvertently moved right into the path of defenseman Mirco Mueller.

Beagle’s goal tied the game. The Caps took the lead shortly thereafter before Joe Thornton scored to tie the game back up at 4-4.  After scoring, Thornton had some reassuring words for the linesman.

“I’ve got your back,” Thornton joked with Cameron after evening the score, according to on-ice reporter Jamie Baker. “These guys feel terrible,” added Baker after speaking with Don Henderson, the other linesman in the game. “They don’t want to have an impact in the game.  It’s one-in-a-hundred times something like that’s going to happen [and lead to a goal].”

Here’s the full play, via

(stick-tap to @myregularface for the GIF)