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Video: Bruins see two goals waved off

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If you ask head coach Claude Julien, he’ll tell you that goals and wins have been especially difficult to come by for the Boston Bruins lately. Losing out on two borderline ones can’t help.

Boston saw two goals disallowed in its Monday match against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which is set to resume in the third period on NBCSN. The Bruins are tied 2-2, but some will wonder if things would be even better if the reviews went Boston’s way.

Update: the Penguins beat the Bruins 3-2 in overtime. Read more about it here.

In the first period, a Patrice Bergeron tally was waved off because of a high stick:

Here’s the league’s official explanation via its Situation Room Blog:

At 10:00 of the first period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, the referees held a group huddle that determined Patrice Bergeron’s stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net. Video review confirmed that group decision. According to Rule 60.5 “An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick.” No goal Boston.

The second one came in the middle frame, and it was an odd situation overall:

Again, the NHL explained its logic:

At 10:53 of the second period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that Carl Soderberg directed the puck into the Pittsburgh net with his glove. According to Rule 67.6 “a goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net.” No goal Boston.

Tough breaks. We’ll see if Boston can win despite these setbacks.