Another tried and true NHL playoffs fact: the media corps for each team believes the officiating to be biased against the team it covers.
And so, a few days after the D.C. media were writing about how bad officiating was costing the Caps in this series, the Boston media are now writing about how bad officiating is costing the Bruins.
Boston Herald: “With Benoit Pouliot in the penalty box for a highly questionable slashing penalty on Nicklas Backstrom, Caps forward Troy Brouwer took a feed from John Carlson and beat goalie Tim Thomas [stats] to the short side on a shot from high in the right circle for the winning goal....The Pouliot penalty was a ticky-tack call, especially considering the time of the game and what was at stake.”
NESN: “It was a classic clash tarnished by a controversial finish....The power-play chance came after Benoit Pouliot was called for a weak slash on Nicklas Backstrom with 2:50 to play in the third period and the game tied at 3-3....The Bruins aren’t a team that makes excuses, but the Bruins had a tough time holding their tongue after referees Tim Peel and Steve Kozari not only called that decisive late penalty but also didn’t call Capitals forward Jason Chimera for an elbow that left Zdeno Chara dazed at the end of the first period.”
CSNNE: “The hooking call on Patrice Bergeron that led to the Game 4 winner was a borderline call at best. But the slashing call on Benoit Pouliot with less than three minutes to go in the third period of a tied playoff hockey is the kind of thing that should never happen unless one player got medieval on another with their stick....Perhaps that call could be made if blood was drawn or an appendage was missing. But a tic-tac penalty call in the final three minutes of regulation leading to a power play goal in the playoffs is taking things right out of the player’s hands.”
Boston Globe: “A dubiously timed slashing call on Benoit Pouliot with 2:50 remaining...set up the game-winner by Troy Brouwer with 1:27 left....Pouliot was called for a questionable slashing penalty on Nicklas Backstrom, a penalty that didn’t warrant a whistle in these anarchist Stanley Cup playoffs.”