It could be over Sunday. One more win and the St. Louis Blues will capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The talk of the day was the non-call on the blatant slew-foot by Tyler Bozak on Bruins forward Noel Acciari.
Cam Neely’s reaction to the non-call and subsequent goal summed up the feelings of the entire city of Boston:
Bruce Cassidy thought the non-call on Bozak was a “black eye” for the NHL and called the non-call “egregious.” NESN.com as more on Cassidy and Bozak.
But Bozak’s slew-foot isn’t the non-called-infraction that drew the attention of the NHL on Friday. Ivan Barbashev was suspended for one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety Friday afternoon. Boston Hockey Now has all the info on this situation.
While Boston was focused on the non-call on Bozak, Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Jordan’s Binnington’s Game 5 performance should be the story of the game.
Officiating aside, if the Boston Bruins have a chance to win the Stanley Cup Final they need more production from their top line. On Friday Brad Marchand said, “We’re fighting a little bit of puck luck, but we feel we’ve had opportunities. Last game, we were a little bit better. We had a couple of really good looks early on, but we can be better.” Tom Gulitti of NHL.com has more on Boston’s top line.
On Friday night the Buffalo Sabres announced the signing of Jeff Skinner to an eight-year contract.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) June 8, 2019
The Buffalo News has more on the Skinner signing.
It’s hard to get away from it. Officiating was a story in Game 5. Boston.com compiled what the pundits have to say about Officiating in Game 5 of the Cup Final.