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Stanley Cup Final Game 2: Early whistle helps Boston Bruins dodge a bullet

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The Blackhawks scored early in the first period and appeared to score a similar goal after a scrum at the net. (BB/Getty Images)

Up 1-0, the Blackhawks thought they’d added another goal in a first-period scrum at the net. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Another game, another officiating kerfuffle.

The Chicago Blackhawks appeared to have added to their 1-0 lead in the first period of Game 2 when a wraparound attempt by Jonathan Toews was rebuffed by Tuukka Rask, but Marian Hossa appeared to have tucked the rebound under the goatender’s pads and just over the line. The play was blown dead by referee Wes McCauley, who had position behind the net…but had the puck crossed the line first?

After a lengthy review, the call on the ice stood.

The NHL’s official explanation: “The referee had blown the play dead prior to Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa pushing the goaltender’s pads …”

In other words, the Hawks were robbed by a quick whistle.

At the end of one, the score is still 1-0, Chicago.

  • Published On Jun 15, 2013
  • 4 comments
    SRT4nier
    SRT4nier

    Oh Muir.... you make me laugh.... what bullet did they dodge? Even if the goal counted are you saying that there is no way they could have mounted a come back down 2-0 in the game? The call was made in the first period. A legitimate call. Ref loses sight of the puck, he blows the whistle. Who's to say the puck would have went in if Hossa didn't jam at the puck after the whistle was blown in the first place? A lot of premature articles from you lately... 

    MarkWhitney
    MarkWhitney

    Mr Muir, the rules state that the ref blows the whistle if he looses sight of the puck. It was not a kerfuffle. Are you backpedaling after your post from yesterday saying the Bruins were in trouble after loosing Game 1? Clearly these are not the same Bruins from 1990.


    JimPelletier
    JimPelletier

    Allen Muir...you clearly don't know hockey based on what you wrote. The whistle had blown, the ref lost sight of the puck. No one got robbed....calm down and right something that maes rwl sense.