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Dec 22, 2018; Boston, MA: Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy keeps Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen from the puck during the first period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Charlie McAvoy keeps Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen from the puck during the first period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Boston Bruins were on the wrong end of one of the most questionable calls you’ll see all season on Saturday against the Nashville Predators.

It appeared as if Charlie McAvoy had fired one from the half-boards past Preds goalie Pekka Rinne to make it 2-0 Bruins, but Peter Laviolette challenged for goaltender interference. And amazingly, his challenge worked as the officials overturned the goal to keep it at 1-0.

Apparently, they ruled that David Backes’ stick interfered with Rinne’s pads enough that he had no chance to defend the goal. Problem with that is, well, it really didn’t. Rinne clearly decided to lay on his back for an extra second as if he thought the puck was still around the net area, making minimal effort to get back up and continue playing goalie.

Backes’ stick clearly gets tangled in Rinne’s pads for a moment, but he also loses his stick as he’s pushed away from the play. He spends a good three seconds on his feet outside the crease. From that moment on, Rinne has what feels like a month to make more of an effort to get up and stop McAvoy’s shot. No chance Backes’ stick alone rendered Rinne unable to get up.

The NHL’s explanation? “We did what we did.”

Just a mind-blowing call to overturn the goal in this case. If the officials initially ruled goaltender interference, there wouldn’t be as much of an issue with that call standing. To reverse the goal after that effort by Rinne was fairly stunning.

The Predators tied the game 1-1 not long after that, and that’s how the two teams will begin the third period in Boston.

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