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The Blues were very upset with non-call on David Krejci goal

Ty Anderson
February 02, 2018 - 3:15 am

The first goal in a 3-1 win for the Bruins capped what was an utterly crazy sequence.

A one-timer from winger Jake DeBrusk bounced up above Blues netminder Jake Allen, fluttered around the crease for a bit -- with unsuccessful whacks from Boston and St. Louis sticks alike -- and through a sea of chaos, ended when David Krejci put the puck into a suddenly vacated net.

It was a bang-bang (maybe missing a few bangs, too) kind of play, and one that the Blues clearly wanted another look at, with a challenge coming before the Bruins could even send a line out there.

“I had no idea,” Krejci (appropriately) offered when asked if he thought the goal would stand after a challenge from St. Louis head coach Mike Yeo. “It was kind of 50-50 when I saw it on the replay.  It was really close but you know sometimes you need bounces to go your way and it was one of those nights and I’m happy it went in.”

The Blues? Not so much.

When asked about the goal standing, Yeo had a simple response: “Next question.”

The players in his locker room were not as subtle when asked for their analysis.

“I thought it was [goalie interference], but that’s not my call, right? That’s why we pay the refs, whatever,” Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said. “They pushed Jake out of the crease, I don’t know it’s not their call, there’s nothing we can do about it now.”

“Well I was almost in the corner, right?” Allen began. “I think you guys got a pretty good look at it, probably should have been goalie interference, but you know, that’s the way it is. You get some calls, you don’t. Everyone’s got a different opinion on it and some go your way and some don’t and it’s unfortunate because you lose a time out as well. So I don’t know, both sides of the coin there. So it’s a tough one for me tonight.”

Even St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong felt the need to comment.

“Well, that's a new one to me. Now all of the sudden [the referee] is clairvoyant. There are great saves in our game for a reason because goalies do things they're not supposed to do,” Armstrong told The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford. “For the referee to feel that he's the judge and jury on who can make a great save, who's athletic enough ... again that's a new area that I didn't realize was part of his job description."

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, meanwhile, was just happy to see one bounce his team’s way in a process that’s become an undeniable guessing game.

“You never know on those,” Cassidy admitted after the win. “I think the directive came out on those that they wanted to speed them up. Unless there is something obvious, don’t go looking for things. So, that’s the way it looked; they took less time than they have in the past. Glad it went our way, I guess that’s all I’ll say.

“You never know on those. Sometimes they work for you, sometimes against.”

As you would expect, goaltender interference reviews are considered to be at the top of the agenda at the upcoming GM meetings. 

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