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Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy rips officiating for 'egregious' no-call in Game 5

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Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy rips officiating for 'egregious' no-call in Game 5

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins' ability to win Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final was severely hindered by a shocking no-call in the third period, and B's coach Bruce Cassidy was understandably furious in his postgame presser. 

Cassidy ripped the blown call as "egregious" and described the officiating as a "black eye" for the NHL.

"Well those are the hits they want to get out of the game, correct? Those are the hits that I hear a lot about," Cassidy said. "Clearly, they missed a couple (Thursday night). It's a fast game. I sat here two days ago or whatever it was and said I believe these officials are at this level because they've earned the right to be here, and you should be getting the best. The narrative changed after Game 3. There's a complaint or whatever put forth by the opposition. It just seems to have changed everything. The no-call on Acciari  -- their player is on his way to the box. It's right in front of the official. It's a slew foot. Our guy's gone. The spotter took him out of the game for a possible concussion.

"I mean, it's blatant. It had a big effect on the game. This has happened. I'm a fan of the game. It's the National Hockey League getting a black eye with their officiating in these playoffs, and there's another one that's going to be talked about. I thought it was a great hockey game. That call probably, and there's time, but it really made it difficult for us to get the win (Thursday night). I'm disappointed. I guess to answer your original question, it was egregious. But we're moving on. We're getting ready for Game 6."

To recap, Bruins forward Noel Acciari was tripped near the boards by St. Louis Blues forward Tyler Bozak about midway through the third period. Acciari fell hard to the ice after getting his leg taken out from under him, but the referee standing right behind the play made no call.

The Blues increased their lead to 2-0 seconds later when David Perron beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. Boston did get on the board with a goal from Jake DeBrusk a few minutes later, but they couldn't find an equalizer and lost 2-1.

The defeat moves the Bruins to the brink of elimination. The Blues, who lead the series 3-2, can win the Stanley Cup on home ice Sunday in Game 6.

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Bruins' Jake DeBrusk 'more aware of what to expect' as RFA after watching McAvoy, Carlo

Bruins' Jake DeBrusk 'more aware of what to expect' as RFA after watching McAvoy, Carlo

BRIGHTON, Mass. — Jake DeBrusk will be one of 10 potential free agents for the Bruins when this upcoming hockey season comes to a close, and further complicating things, the 22-year-old will be a restricted free agent. DeBrusk is coming off a career-high 27 goals scored during the regular season and a fairly disappointing postseason when he managed just four goals and 11 points in 24 playoff games.

Of course, the hindsight breakdown of DeBrusk’s postseason also includes that he may have been playing through a bit of a fog after absorbing a Nazem Kadri cross-check to the face in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Still, after averaging 21 goals and 42 points in his first two NHL seasons, DeBrusk will be looking at a substantial raise next summer provided he can put together another season with those kinds of numbers. So the Bruins left winger was watching things fairly closely with Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy this summer knowing that it will be his turn a year from now when he’s a part of another talented restricted free agent class.

“Obviously that’s going to be my situation [as an RFA]. Hopefully not [as a holdout], but maybe, possibly next year just looking around the league you see different things with guys dragging it out,” said DeBrusk, who will be joined by Brett Ritchie and Matt Grzelcyk as next summer’s restricted free agents for the Bruins. “It’s one of those where you ask questions on the business side of it. Things change and different stuff happens with talks, but at the same time I mostly just try to stay out of it. I try to stay dialed in to get ready for training camp and the season. I guess when that time comes, though, I’ll be more aware of what to expect.”

Certainly guys like Carlo and McAvoy will be more than happy to pass on whatever pearls of wisdom they derived from their RFA situations with the Bruins this summer.

“I’d say just to remain calm and don’t be shocked by different things with the back and forth, and how long [the entire] process might take. For me I didn’t expect it to be that long. I was excited when the season was over to sign back real fast, but it took a little bit more time than anticipated,” said Carlo. “You just try to be as patient as you can, but it’s really hard to be patient in that scenario with your first larger deal off your entry level. [At the end of the day] you’ve done everything you can do up to that point, so just stay calm [in negotiations].”

One would expect that DeBrusk saw a couple of guys from his draft class, Brock Boeser (3 years, $17.625 million) and Travis Konecny (six years, $33 million), both top $5 million per season on second contracts they signed less than a week ago, and knows that kind of payday awaits him as well. Boeser is in a bit of a different class given his upside and production, but DeBrusk and Konecny are pretty comparable players provided DeBrusk surpasses 20 goals and 40 points this season.

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Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 preseason loss to the Blackhawks

Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 preseason loss to the Blackhawks

FINAL SCORE: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

IN BRIEF: Swedish free-agent signee Par Lindholm scored his first goal with the Bruins but Patrick Kane's goal in overtime gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 preseason victory over the B's in Chicago. Ryan Fitzgerald scored the other Bruins goal. BOX SCORE 

BRUINS PRESEASON RECORD: 1-0-2

HIGHLIGHTS:

PATRICK KANE'S OT WINNER:

SWEDISH CONNECTION: OSKAR STEEN TO PAR LINDHOLM IN 3RD:

BRANDON SAAD BEATS MAXIME LEGACE FOR CHICAGO LEAD:

B'S RYAN FITZGERALD TIES IT AT 1 ON A PENALTY SHOT:

DYLAN STROME ON THE POWER PLAY GETS HAWKS ON BOARD:


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