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Friday, July 3, 2020

Referees miss Noel Acciari tripping penalty before Blues goal

The referees in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues missed a penalty call that preceded a Blues goal in the third period, infuriating the Bruins and their fans.

Bruins forward Noel Acciari was tripped by Tyler Bozak, who put his arms up immediately as if he expected a call. No call came. While Acciari was down, the Blues took advantage and David Perron scored.

Bruins fans could be heard chanting “bulls—” and were said to have been throwing junk on the ice, according to NBC’s telecast. The Boston Bruins’ official Twitter account was in disbelief too.

Fans were booing when the puck was dropped after the goal that made it 2-0. President Cam Neely was furious and threw a water bottle.

The series was tied 2-2, so a goal to put St. Louis up 2-0 in the third period was a huge moment in the series. Even though Boston scored a goal later in the game, it wasn’t enough as the Blues won 2-1 to take a 3-2 series lead.

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