Watch: Bruce Cassidy rips officiating after Bruins' Game 5 loss, calls it 'black eye' for league

Scott McLaughlin
June 07, 2019 - 12:02 am
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Bruce Cassidy is not happy about what he called "egregious" officiating in the Bruins' 2-1 Game 5 loss to the Blues, and for good reason.

The refs missed a pair of head shots from Blues players, then missed a slew-foot by Tyler Bozak on Noel Acciari that helped set up the Blues' second goal of the game midway through the third period, a goal that proved to be the game-winner.

When asked about the officiating after the game, Cassidy didn't hold back.

"The non-call on Acciari, their player's on his way to the box," Cassidy said. "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.

"I mean, this has happened," Cassidy added, referencing the numerous missed calls across these playoffs that have become major stories. "I'm a fan of the game, but the National Hockey League's getting a black eye with your officiating in these playoffs. And here's another one that's going to be talked about."

Cassidy also said he believes the tone of the series changed after Blues coach Craig Berube questioned why his team was getting called for so many penalties after Game 3.

NHL senior vice president and director of officiating Stephen Walkom issued the following statement to a pool reporter when asked about the missed call on Bozak: "We don't make comments on judgment calls within games. There are hundreds of judgment calls in every game. The official on the play, he viewed it and he didn't view it as a penalty at the time."

Watch Cassidy's full comments in the video above.

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