By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — After a 7-1 loss within the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it’s usually not one factor that led to the very unhealthy night time. It’s usually not two issues and even simply three issues. Usually, it’s an entire lot of issues that result in such a lopsided rating.
Regardless of that actuality, after a six-goal loss on Wednesday night time to fall behind Tampa 2-1 within the sequence, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy couldn’t assist however really feel a bit of bit bothered by some cases of what he thought-about questionable officiating within the first interval.
“The primary interval we had been tremendous,” Cassidy stated. “Fairly even interval. Clearly … a few breaks didn’t go our approach. A few questionable calls, in my estimation, clearly didn’t assist. And then you definately’re chasing the sport.”
Cassidy identified three examples of the lads in stripes impacting the sport in a approach he didn’t fairly take pleasure in.
The primary occasion got here simply 37 seconds into the sport, when Brandon Carlo was despatched to the field for tripping.
“Not even positive Brandon’s was [a penalty],” Cassidy stated within the midst of an extended disagreement with officiating on the night time.
The Bruins killed that early penalty, however later within the first, Nick Ritchie was despatched off for slashing towards Pat Maroon. Whereas Ritchie did unquestionably slash Maroon within the shin pads, Cassidy stated it was an act that doesn’t usually lead to a penalty.
“I imply the decision on Ritchie occurs 100 occasions a recreation. We occurred to get flagged for it, proper?” Cassidy stated. “So full disagreement with that individual infraction.”
They known as this slash on Nick Ritchie within the postseason? YIKES pic.twitter.com/8Nquw0ONLs
— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) August 27, 2020
The Lightning scored on that energy play, ending a prolonged chilly stretch with out scoring on the person benefit.
Cassidy instructed that each early penalty calls didn’t should be known as in any respect, particularly in a recreation of this magnitude.
“We’ve bought an official injecting himself into the sport with two of one of the best groups within the Nationwide Hockey League enjoying,” Cassidy stated. “And I believed that it wasn’t obligatory, personally. However that’s his resolution. He’s right here for a cause.”
The third occasion cited by Cassidy was with out query a case of the on-ice officers immediately impacting play, although this one was not a foul name or a missed name. This one concerned linesman Devin Berg by chance planting himself immediately within the path of Bruins defenseman Jeremy Lauzon, who was in pursuit of Yanni Gourde as he carried the puck up the suitable wall within the Bruins’ zone.
Berg couldn’t get out of Lauzon’s approach, and the 2 collided, thus giving Gourde a free move to the entrance of the online, the place he beat Jaroslav Halak to attain simply 15 seconds after Tampa scored its first aim.
“Second aim, I imply, come on,” Cassidsy stated. “The linseman simply runs our D out of room. Like, it’s a free move to the online. Good for Yanni Gourde for benefiting from a break given to him, however I imply, when do you see that play occur within the Nationwide Hockey League?”
Yanni Gourde provides the @TBLightning a 2-Zero lead, with a bit of assist from the ref. #NHLonSN pic.twitter.com/ol274UdoPW
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 27, 2020
From there, issues unraveled for dangolka. An plain Patrice Bergeron high-stick early within the second led to a different power-play aim for the Lightning, who went on to chase Halak from the sport earlier than placing three pucks previous rookie Dan Vladar, who was making his NHL debut beneath most unenviable circumstances. Whereas Cassidy pointed to various the Bruins’ personal points within the 7-1 loss, he nonetheless couldn’t fairly get previous these early cases of what he thought-about to be unhealthy officiating.
“So now you’re in a two-nothing gap, and also you’ve performed not a foul interval,” Cassidy stated. “The remainder of the sport, we didn’t reply. That’s what I stated, the disappointing half about that’s we weren’t in a position to get ourselves again within the recreation by killing any additional penalties or creating offense of getting our pushback. That’s what we lacked tonight, for no matter cause. But it surely’s over. We’re going to concentrate on Sport 4; 7-1, 2-1, a loss is a loss. They’re up 2-1. I feel we’ve bought a superb group in there. I do know we’ve got a superb group in there. They’re resilient. Like I stated, we’ll lick our wounds tomorrow, get away from the rink and prepare for Sport 4.”
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