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After the Boston Bruins blew a three-goal lead, Chris Wagner tied the Sharks back up on a goal that possibly shouldn’t have counted. Then Charlie McAvoy finished the job in overtime, as the B’s beat the Sharks 6-5 on Monday night in one of the wildest games of the season.
Wagner scored with 1:49 left in regulation, less than five minutes after the Sharks had taken a 5-4 lead on Joe Thornton’s third goal of the game. But Wagner appeared to use his stick above his shoulders to corral a fluttering puck in front of goalie Martin Jones, a play that’s supposed to result in an immediate whistle. Wagner quickly whacked the puck into the net for the tying goal, and since he didn’t tip it in off the high stick the play wasn’t reviewable. The officials simply missed the call.
Horrendous missed call allowed Chris Wagner to knock the puck down from the heavens & put in the game-tying goal pic.twitter.com/5fd9gbudaD— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 19, 2019
However, they also appeared to miss a goal call in favor of the Bruins in the first period. Replay showed that the puck may have barely crossed the goal line before Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic dove and swept it out of the net, but the no-goal stood as called.
Up until Wagner’s tying goal, the Sharks had battled back from a 3-0 then 4-2 deficit to take the lead in the third. Torey Krug, Zdeno Chara, newcomer Karson Kuhlman, and Jake DeBrusk also scored for the Bruins.
McAvoy scored the game-winner in overtime with a one-timer from the slot off a slick centering pass by David Krejci. McAvoy has scored three goals and two assists in his last six games and has scored the game-winner in two straight.
Up Next: The Bruins conclude their west coast swing on Wednesday night when they take on the Vegas Golden Knights. They enter that game having won six in a row and eight of their last 10.
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