Boston Bruins

MONTREAL, QC – NOVEMBER 24: Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy walks past his team as they celebrate their victory against the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on November 24, 2018. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

It’s not hard to see why the Bruins have grown to despise video review.

In a year that’s come with almost nothing but success through the first month and change (the Bruins entered Montreal with a 10-game point streak to their name), video review has emerged as the chief rival of Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy’s squad. Hell, you could argue that video review is the only reason that the Bruins have a pair of regulation losses to their name.

But it’s the process itself that seemed to be irking Cassidy when meeting with reporters following a 5-4 loss to Montreal.

“My beef with that — some are gonna go your way, some are not, ours are not going our way lately but I assume they will straighten out over the course of time — [is that] the rule was put in place specifically for egregious [mistakes],” Cassidy began.

Charlie Coyle’s goal, which would’ve given the Bruins a one-goal lead in the third period on Montreal ice, did not file under this, according to Cassidy. And it came with a lengthy delay that indicated there was more digging than confirming.

“They’re over there for three minutes,” Cassidy noted. “So you think, what is the purpose of this rule? Either you find something or you don’t. Three minutes? So now you’re looking for something for it to be offside, so you know it’s going to go the other way, and it did. That’s where my beef comes from, the intent of the rule. You always want to get it right but there was kind of a change this summer, punishing the coaches if they got it wrong for this reason. They didn’t want three-minute reviews.”

But we indeed got a three-minute review in the third period of a heated rivalry showdown, and the Bruins saw a goal taken off the board by way of video review for the fourth time this year (and third by way of an offside review).

Now, the counter is that the Bruins had plenty of time to get themselves centered and on the board with another fifth goal of the evening, and doing exactly that isn’t exactly foreign to these Bruins. But that never came, as Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot scored the game-winning goal just minutes after the successful challenge from Claude Julien.

To Cassidy, though, it’s a situation they don’t even find themselves in without that exhausting three-minute investigation.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.