Facing elimination in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals Sunday in Nashville, the Predators appeared to take a 1-0 lead over the Penguins early in the second period when Colton Sissons tapped a rebound off a shot by Filip Forsberg past Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray. Instead, the referee immediately raised his arm to signal the play dead.

So what happened? Referee Kevin Pollock, who was screened by Forsberg and Pittsburgh’s Trevor Daley on the play, lost sight of the puck on Forsberg’s shot. Assuming that Murray had controlled the puck, which had instead squirted between his pads and glove and rolled into the crease, Pollock blew his whistle just before Sissons tapped it into the net. It was an honest, but awful mistake.

The quick whistle, which is not reviewable could not be overturned by video replay, cost the Predators a goal and the lead. The game remained scoreless until Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 remaining in the third period. The Penguins added an empty-net goal to capture their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

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