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Sunday, July 12, 2020

NHL rep defends official over missed penalty on ‘judgement call’

An NHL representative defended the missed call in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday, deeming it a judgement call.

Reporters were looking for a comment from the league about the play, which included a trip by Tyler Bozak on Noel Acciari, paving the way for a St. Louis Blues goal to make it 2-0 in the third period on the Boston Bruins.

NHL Sr VP/Dir of Officiating Stephen Walkom answered a question from a pool reporter by saying they don’t comment on judgement calls before offering a defense of the official for using judgment to decide a penalty was not needed.

All you need to know about the play is the way Bozak acted afterwards. He looked guilty and was expecting a penalty to come. He seemed to know he got away with one.

The Bruins were able to refocus after the missed call and still scored to make it 2-1, but they lost by that score to fall behind 3-2 in the series. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was critical of the league for the call, saying it was an “egregious” miss and “black eye” for the league.

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