I was originally going to write this FTB on a different topic, but I can't help but write about an overturned goal from last night. It has everything that will make for a great discussion: goal review commentary, refereeing, the playoffs, and the Bruins getting absolutely screwed.
Don't get me wrong, I hate the Bruins more than I hate anything else in hockey. The fact that Jack Edwards probably had years off his lifespan from his raging at this fills me with glee. But the Bruins did, 100% get screwed by this goal being overturned for being a "hand pass".
Does this fall under the "technically correct" interpretation of a hand pass? Probably. The guy touched the puck with his glove and that was picked up by his teammate. Can't deny that. But he was trying to get his hand on his stick again, and BARELY touched it. It was not in any way a deliberate attempt to pass the puck to his teammate with his hand, anymore than a shot hitting a player on the hand and a teammate getting the rebound would be a hand pass to me.
And the fallout makes this even better/worse. The Bruins were down 2-1 before Pastrnak scored a highlight reel goal to tie it. Only a couple of minutes later, Brandon Carlo scored after the above incident to take a 3-2 lead. The Panthers challenged it and the goal was overturned. Many laughs were had at Boston's expense. And then the Panthers scored almost right after, so Boston went from storming back to take a 3-2 lead to being down 3-2 instead.
But then they stormed back again in the third period, took a 4-3 lead, then the Panthers tied it up, then the Bruins scored a short handed goal to make it 5-4, then the Panthers scored on the rest of that powerplay again to tie it 5-5, then the Panthers took a 6-5 lead late in the third period and sealed the deal with an ENG after a desperation save and clear. It was a very entertaining game and the goal being called back didn't REALLY impact things that much with how back and forth it was in the third period.
Still, fuckin funny though.
LINKS FROM THE BRANCHES
In case you missed it, we had some prospect coverage yesterday:
And speaking of the Marlies, talk about a blast from the past...
Speaking of CHL prospects, there were two games that would interest Leafs fans. The first was Ty Voit and the Sarnia sting, who lost game one of their Conference Finals in the OHL to London 4-1. Voit did his part to help the team in their loss.
The other was Brandon Lisowksy and Josh Pillar on Saskatoon dropping game one of their WHL Conference Finals against the top seeded Winnipeg ICE.
Former Leafs' prospect for a minute, Filip Hallander, is returning to Sweden.
This is the first time in history "$1 billion" and the Ottawa Senators have ever been used in the same sentence.
Carolina is the next team to advance to the second round, beating the Islanders 2-1 in overtime.
Dallas advanced over the Wild late last night, and the Kraken and Avs are going to Game 7.