When you’re struggling to score as a team and half of your weapons are either sitting up on the ninth floor watching the game or playing elsewhere, it’s understandable to see why Bruins head coach is frustrated.
But when you have the sense that you have to score twice for every goal that counts, that’s something altogether different. That’s what Julien felt after Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins, when goals in regulation by Patrice Bergeron and Carl Soderberg were disallowed.
If either goal counts, the Bruins skate away with a regulation win and two points.
“Again, you gotta score two goals every night to get one, it’s tough to win hockey games,” Julien lamented afterward. “We got some tough calls against us and our guys played hard right ‘til the end. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that second point that I thought we deserved.”
In the first period, it appeared Bergeron tapped a puck out of midair and put it behind Marc-Andre Fleury to tie the game, 1-1. Referee Kyle Rehman, closest to the play, called it a good goal but after review, he was overruled by the three other officials on the ice, who said the puck was above the crossbar when Bergeron tapped it into the goal.
“On that first goal, the closest referee calls it a goal. And then it’s no goal because the three furthest ones think it’s a high stick, so I guess that’s what’s frustrating in my mind. I don’t know what the league looked at. When I looked at the replay myself it looked more inconclusive. Now, they may contradict me and say they had a better angle from where they were, but that’s how it looked to me.
“I think that’s a little frustrating, especially the number of goals that we’ve had turned back on us this year. With what we’re going through, we’re working hard to score goals and yet you get those taken away. We had a couple of tough calls on us tonight too. It gets frustrating with the guys working so hard, feeling like you play well enough to win and you come out of here losing in overtime when you thought you scored enough goals to win.”
The official ruling from the NHL was as follows: At 10:00 of the first period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, the referees held a group huddle that determined Patrice Bergeron’s stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net. Video review confirmed that group decision. According to Rule 60.5 “An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick.” No goal Boston.
Then, just a minute after Evgeni Malkin tied the game, 2-2, in the second period, Carl Soderberg rushed the net and the puck went in just before the net came off its moorings. The problem wasn’t the net but the ruling that Soderberg shoved the puck in with his glove.
Again the NHL said no goal: At 10:53 of the second period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that Carl Soderberg directed the puck into the Pittsburgh net with his glove. According to Rule 67.6 “a goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net.” No goal Boston.
“Well, you know what? I don’t think it’s done on purpose, obviously,” Julien said. “I think considering where we’re at and what we have, the challenges that we have, that’s not my priority; although I’d like to see us score first. I think my priority is to see us compete every game and give ourselves a chance to win and I think that’s what we did tonight. We even had that lead, even though we didn’t score the first goal. But at the end they managed to get the overtime one.”