Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour says the Boston Bruins got a goal off the officials when his goalie interference challenge failed to overturn a second-period score of forward Jake DeBrusk.
“They’re too good a team to just give them goals. We don’t have a chance if that happens,” Brind’Amour said after Sunday’s Game 4 at Boston’s TD Garden, a 5-2 Bruins win that tied their first-round series at 2.
With 1:16 left in the second period, DeBrusk scored a power play goal to tie the game at 2. Forward Brad Marchand backhanded the puck to Carolina goaltender Antti Raanta, who tried unsuccessfully to cover it. A scuffle at the net ensued and DeBrusk eventually tapped the puck over the goal line.
Replays showed Raanta’s left pad had been moved by a stick before the goal was scored, knocking him off balance. It was unclear whether it was DeBrusk’s stick or Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce’s stick that jostled the goaltender.
“I didn’t have everything covered. But I felt like if you could unbalance the goalkeeper and then score, it should be goalkeeper interference,” Raanta said. “I had a good chat with the referee. It is what it is.”
Brind’Amour opted to use a coach’s challenge on the play, but the goal stood.
“I would have staked my life on it,” said Brind’Amour. “It’s clear – especially the view we saw afterwards – that [the puck] is between his pads and loose. But the guy came from the side, pushes his pads, squirts the puck and puts it in. It’s a little different if the guy had come up front and played the puck. You can’t play the puck when it’s between his legs to the side and knock the side goalie down. »
The NHL explained the call by citing Rule 69.7, which states that “in a rebound situation, or when a goaltender and attacking player(s) simultaneously attempt to play a loose puck, whether at the inside or outside the crease, incidental contact will be allowed, and any goal scored as a result will be allowed.”
Carolina was hit with a late game penalty. It proved to be a costly gamble as center Sebastian Aho was handed a double minor penalty 51 seconds later for bloodying Boston captain Patrice Bergeron , giving the Bruins a 5-3 advantage with 25 seconds left in the period. Marchand scored the game-winning goal just 44 seconds into the third period on the power play, just as the game-delay penalty expired.
Marchand had one point (two goals, three assists) on each of the Bruins’ five goals in the game.
The late game penalty was one of six taken by the Hurricanes in the second period. Carolina took eight minor penalties in the game for a total of 18 minutes. The Bruins were 2 for 9 on the power play, going 12:10 with the man advantage in the game.
“Obviously we have taken too many penalties in the last two games. It’s just a matter of discipline. But those guys are really good hockey players,” center Vincent Trocheck said.
Game 5 returns to Raleigh on Tuesday night. The Bruins are expected to be without top defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Sunday and missed Game 4.