Mike Brehm and Kevin Allen, USA TODAY
Published 11: 50 p.m. ET June 6, 2019 | Upgraded 2: 10 a.m. ET June 7, 2019
SportsPulse: There was a bit of controversy, but the Blues made it done at Boston and are now just one win away in the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.
Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said the NHL is”getting a black eye with their officiating” after an”egregious” missed telephone led to this St. Louis Blues’ winning goal Thursday.
St. Louis’ Tyler Bozak took out the legs of Boston’s Noel Acciari, sending him hard into the ice through the third period.
The referees did not predict tripping, along with the Blues maintained control of the puck while Acciari remained on the ice. Ryan O’Reilly passed to David Perron, that scored beyond goalie Tuukka Rask for a 2-0 lead in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night.
“It’s right in the front of the official,” Cassidy said. “It’s a ton foot. Our guy’s gone. The spotter shot him out of the game for a possible concussion. I mean, it’s blatant. It had a big influence on the sport.”
before the goal, there was no penalty on Bozak here. . Play continued, even though Acciari appeared hurt, since the Blues owned the puck. Pic.twitter.com/BTPff2NCZj
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) June 7, 2019
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That was the game-winner when Boston’s Jake DeBrusk scored to deliver the Bruins within a target.
“It had been just a puck battle, I don’t understand,” Bozak explained of his strike. “I watched the puck there and then went for it. He was down. I really don’t know really understand exactly what happened, to be honest with you. Yeah, we will take it”
Bruins executive Cam Neely reacted in anger and upset fans threw debris in the ice.
Cam Neely was not a lover of the telephone. Pic.twitter.com/mHzE7IyxbA
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) June 7, 2019
“I do not blame him,” analyst Mike Milbury said on NBC. “You work all year long to eliminate 29 teams to end up in a position to be out two of three at the Stanley Cup Final and a formal blows a call as badly as that has been dismissed. That’s just unforgivable.”
Cassidy explained the storyline in the series seemed to have changed following Blues trainer Craig Berube whined about the officiating following the Bruins moved 4-for-4 on the power play at a 7-2 triumph in Game 3.
The NHL said it would not tackle Thursday’s controversy.
“We do not make remarks on judgment calls within matches,” NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom said. “There are hundreds of judgment calls from each game. The officer on the play, he viewed it he did not view it as a penalty at the moment.”
Although Acciari appeared to be hurt, the Blues still had possession of the puck, and under NHL rules, referees had to permit play to continue before the Bruins obtained control.
An identical drama happened in the next round when Blues defenseman Colton Parayko ripped a significant shot at Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop, hitting him in the collarbone and inducing the goalie to drop to the ice. Alex Steen got control of the rebound and skated into place for a shot which was deflected by Jaden Schwartz past a motionless Bishop for a 3-1 lead.
The Blues, that direct the Final 3-2, are one win away from their first Stanley Cup name and will wrap up the show at home on Sunday night.
“It was egregious,” Cassidy said of the non-call. “But we are moving on. We are preparing for Game 6”