The Boston Bruins are on the brink of elimination thanks in part to a controversial Game 5 call that couldn’t have gone less in their favour.
Down 1-0 midway through the third period, Blues forward Tyler Bozak appeared to trip Bruins defenceman Noel Acciari in Boston’s defensive zone. Acciari consequently sent a soft chip off the boards onto Blues forward David Perron’s stick, who proceeded to slip one through the wickets of Tuukka Rask. Fans in TD Garden were appalled by the non-call and the Bruins’ Twitter team decided to get in on the action as well.
They seemed to be in complete disbelief following the sequence of events.
Of course, the goal would go on to be the game-winner in a nail-biting 2-1 St. Louis victory. Members of the organization, including Acciari and head coach Bruce Cassidy both shared their thoughts on the ordeal as well. Acciari was blunt, while Cassidy ranted on a little longer.
NHL SVP and director of Officiating Stephen Walkom eventually chimed in, but made it clear that they “don’t make comments on judgement calls”. There have been a handful of controversial calls this season that the league has gone as far as apologizing for this postseason.
Time will tell if the Bruins (and their Twitter team) are able to bounce back in Game 6.
(H/T Boston Bruins)