Bruins get shafted again on No Goal


Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien complains to officials after a call against the Bruins in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Bruins coach Claude Julien is irate over a disallowed goal against the Panthers which would’ve tied their game. Video review has come into question. AP Photo/Elise Amendola/Getty Images

If you’re a Bruins fan, you have a legit beef with the NHL video review system. For a second straight night, Boston had another apparent goal resulting in no goal. Unlike Wednesday night at MSG when the Toronto couldn’t determine if there was any white between the puck in Henrik Lundqvist’s glove and the goal line, this one looked clear cut.

Trailing by a goal in the third period at home against the Panthers, Patrice Bergeron’s rebound seemed to beat Roberto Luongo inside the goalpost. Similar to the Ranger game, the refs ruled it no goal. Any goal is automatically reviewed by the league headquarters in the war room. This was a different situation where replays clearly showed the puck in behind Luongo beside the inside of the net. Judge for yourself:

Here is another image of the puck:

That looks more conclusive than the Lundqvist sprawling glove save on Ranger killer Lee Stempniak. Here it is courtesy BlueseatBlogs’ Dave Shapiro:

In the first case, you can tell why Toronto wasn’t able to overrule the call on the ice. It’s not conclusive enough. The second case looks more cut and dry. Either way, the Bruins have every reason to be upset with the NHL.

”Looked like it was in and very conclusive. That’s two in two games now. It’s baffling, to say the least,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters after his team dropped their fifth in a row. ”We think we have great technology, but we’re obviously still not getting it right.”

”I was shocked,” Bergeron said. ”But at the same time the rules are there, and I guess that’s what they went by.”

”Looked pretty clear. The puck was over the line,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand said. ”Very frustrating. Such a blatant call. We would have had momentum and ultimately it ended up costing us the game.”

Even opposing coach Gerard Gallant sided with the Bruins on the controversy. Shortly after the call on the ice was upheld, his team scored a power play goal on a Jussi Jokinen tip making it 3-1. So, instead of being tied, Boston fell behind by two and lost 4-1.

”You know what, to be honest with you, when I saw it first happen, I thought it was a goal,” Gallant said. ”Just because of the way it happened so quick, and Lu’s (Roberto Luongo) pad was coming across and I thought it was a goal.”

Is it time to reboot the system? Clearly, it’s not working. Even though they benefited from the current rules in their 5-2 win over Boston, the Rangers got shafted a couple of times on similar rulings. The whole point is to get it right. Until they upgrade the technology, there will continue to be goal controversies.

Hopefully, it doesn’t happen in the playoffs. But you know it will decide a big game.

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About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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