Down 2-0 midway through the third period, the Boston Bruins would rally, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final Thursday night at TD Garden. The Bruins controlled the pace of play for most of the game as they outshot the Blues 39-21. However, the big story that came out of Game 5, was the non-call on Tyler Bozak when he tripped up Noel Acciari that led to David Perron’s game-winning goal, which you can read all about from Alex Thomas of Boston Hockey Now right here.
Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy was irate after the Game 5 loss to the Blues especially when it came to the officials as he called the several of the missed calls in Game 5 a “black eye” for the NHL, especially on the biggest stage. Cassidy also had some choice words for the “headshots” the NHL wants to get out of the game.
“Well, those are the hits they want to get out of the game, correct? Those are the hits that I hear a lot about, clearly they missed a couple tonight. The non-call on [Noel] Acciari, their player is on his way to the box, it’s right in front of the official, it’s a slew foot. Our guy is gone. The spotter took him out of the game for a possible concussion. I mean it’s blatant and a big effect on the game. That call probably, and there’s time, but it really made it difficult for us to get the win tonight. So I’m disappointed. So I guess to answer your original question, it was egregious.”
As Cassidy went on his press conference, the topic of the bench came and what was said about the missed call on Acciari.
“What was being said on the bench was that you missed an F’n call is what was being said on the bench for obvious reasons.”
Here is the full press conference from Bruce Cassidy for your viewing enjoyment from Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now.