If it's any solace to the St. Louis Blues, the Boston Bruins feel (some of) their pain.

The Blues fell to the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the Western Conference final Wednesday night on Erik Karlsson's game-winner in overtime. 

But the replay showed Karlsson scored after a pretty obvious hand pass from teammate Timo Meier.

So, why didn't the officials on the ice (or the situation room in Toronto) review the goal to check for a hand pass? Here are the postgame explanations from NHL series director Kay Whitmore and the league office:

Feeling some déjà vu, Bruins fans? The B's were victimized by the NHL's apparently arbitrary review process in Game 4 of their second-round series with the Blue Jackets, when Columbus' Artemi Panarin scored just seconds after the puck deflected into the protective netting for what should have been a stoppage in play.

The missed call and non-review didn't cost Boston, which went on to win 2-1 en route to a series victory. But goaltender Tuukka Rask said something after the game that make him look like Nostradamus after Wednesday night.

“In this day and age I think it’s crazy that, you know, if the refs don’t see it, why the league can’t call … I mean, they’re watching the game, right?” Rask said at the time.

"I mean, what if that’s in overtime, you know? It didn’t cost us, but I think it’s just funny that they can look at a lot of other goals going back and calling back, so why not that?"


Rask's nightmare scenario became a reality for the Blues, who like Rask were left wondering why the heck the NHL can review a potential offsides 30 seconds before a goal but not an obvious hand pass that leads directly to a game-winning score in the Western Conference final.

After two controversies in the Stanley Cup Playoffs about reviewable plays, expect the NHL to take a look at its rulebook this offseason.

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