Boston Bruins

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The officials didn’t cost the Bruins Game 3 against the Maple Leafs, but they did needlessly make them play from behind.

Riley Nash thought he was making a simple bank shot off the glass to break the puck out of the Bruins’ zone, a place where they spent plenty of time in the first period. Except the officials claimed he didn’t. Even after conferring with each other.

Does this look like a delay of game penalty to you?

Of course it doesn’t, because it’s not.

Much like Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy put it after the game, the officials basically operated here like they were playing a round of blindfolded darts.

“Now they get together, and I assume they want to make the right call,” said Cassidy, via the Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont. “That’s the idea, we understand that. But they all got together and clearly they guessed, because it hit the glass — we saw that.

“I think you are innocent until proven guilty. I don’t think you can guess and give someone a power play.”

Apr 16, 2018, Toronto, Ontario, CAN: Boston Bruins forward Riley Nash skates past a fallen Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson during the first period of game three of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. (Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s only an issue on Tuesday because the Leafs scored just seven seconds into the ensuing power play, and went on to win 4-2 to cut the Bruins’ lead to 2-1. If the Bruins pulled the game out, perhaps no one’s even talking about this call.


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Only four penalties were called in the entire game, and two of them were matching and happened late in regulation. The first one, however, swung the game further in the Leafs’ favor. Hopefully, they either keep the whistles to the side or, I don’t know, get easy calls (or non-calls) like this right next time they want to put someone in the penalty box in a pivotal playoff game.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.


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