In a critical Game 5 in the Stanley Cup Finals, the St. Louis Blues scored a game-winning goal to put themselves on the brink of winning their first ever Cup.
But it was scored after the referee missed an obvious tripping penalty which set up the goal.
In a scramble for the puck in the third period, Blues forward Tyler Bosak tripped up Boston Bruins forward Noel Acciari with his right leg who was in pursuit.
A video by J. Stark on Twitter showed a replay of the trip and the goal right afterwards.
The uncalled penalty led up to the goal by forward David Perron on route to a 2-1 Blues victory.
@NHL refs are the worst. It’s like the Bruins are playing 2 teams. Bruins vs. Blues — St. Louis takes a 2-0 lead in the third after a missed call by the refs #STLvsBOS https://t.co/TB8SKWJ5Z5— 🇳🇱J. Stark (@jamadoria) June 7, 2019
According to Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy via Mike Harrington, he said the missed call was a ‘black eye’ to the NHL.
Bruce Cassidy feels officiating changed in series after Berube complained post-Game 3. Says it's a "black eye" for the NHL and the missed call on Acciari was "egregious"…. Yowza…#StanleyCup— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) June 7, 2019
Here are tweets of what a couple fans thought of the goal and officiating.
Bruins complaining about the officiating – how ironic! Truthfully, the NHL needs to allow a penalty or missed call challenge like the CFL does, especially on goals. The NBA uses all kinds of review during a game. The players and fans will take justice before delay.— Tim McCutcheon (@McCutcheonTim) June 7, 2019
I don’t find it funny that a missed call had serious consequences for a game in a championship series,— Luke Lograno (@LukeLograno) June 7, 2019
I do find it funny some Bruins fans are acting like this is the first time NHL officials have ever missed a call and that it didn’t take their team 50 minutes to score a goal
For a lot of fans, officiating will be heavily looked upon as the Final shifts to St. Louis where the Blues have a 3-2 series lead.
The face-off for Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday June 9, at 8 p.m.