How disputed Panthers goal helped put Bruins in 3-1 series hole: 5 takeaways

BOSTON — To add insult to injury in a game the Boston Bruins felt Sam Bennett probably shouldn’t have played in the first place, the Florida Panthers agitator scored a controversial tying goal in the third period Sunday night, helping his team reach a come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

This after the Bruins said there was ‘clear evidence’ of Bennett Captain Punch Brad Marchand Friday evening.

Bennett scored after pushing Bruins center Charlie Coyle against goaltender Jeremy Swayman.

“My momentum hits him, so he can’t recover from it,” Coyle said of Swayman. “So yeah, that’s how I think it happened.”

Coach Jim Montgomery issued a challenge, and it looked like it would be a simple knockdown, but after lengthy review, the NHL Situation Room, along with referees Francis Charron and Frederick L’Ecuyer, determined that it was a good goal.

The Panthers were left with a power play due to the unsuccessful challenge, and a furious Montgomery lashed out at the referees during the ensuing action and then a televised timeout. The Panthers didn’t score, but 3:50 after Bennett’s goal, Aleksander Barkov continued his terrific playoff run with the game-winning goal.

David Pastrnak and Brandon Carlo scored first-period goals for the Bruins and Swayman made 38 saves.

The game became close in the second period when Anton Lundell ruined Swayman’s masterpiece with a shot on sight after being first on the forecheck and beating Swayman with a quick shot on the pass. ‘Evan Rodrigues. Swayman had stopped all 26 shots he had seen to that point, including 16 in the first period, when Boston was outshot 16-5. At one point in the game, Natural Stat Trick had scoring chances favoring Florida at 15-2 and high-danger chances at 7-1.

Game 5 of the series takes place in South Florida on Tuesday evening.

Here are five takeaways about what happened in Game 4 and how it led to the Panthers taking a 3-1 lead in the second round series.

Attacks the contested goal

The retired referees were even surprised that Bennett’s goal counted. In texts with Athleticism, a former referee said: “The call surprised me.”

Another said: “I’m not sure why. Maybe they thought the push wasn’t as bad as the outcome. Difficult to say without wearing headphones.

Former referee Tim Peel said: “I have no idea why that goal would count. I’m really confused.”

The NHL Situation Room said it believed “the video review supported the on-ice referees’ contention that Florida’s Sam Bennett’s push on Charlie Coyle and subsequent contact with Jeremy Swayman did not did not prevent Swayman from playing his position in the crease before Bennett’s strike. aim.”


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Pat Maroon wanted a piece of Sam Bennett

One of the reasons the Bruins acquired Pat Maroon from the Minnesota Wild at the trade deadline was the hard-nosed veteran forward’s playoff pedigree. Maroon has won three Stanley Cups and is a vocal presence in the locker room who never hesitates to defend his teammates.

Maroon yapped at Sergei Bobrovsky during warm-ups and continued his chatter into the first period. After an icing, he barked at Bennett and wanted to fight the Panthers forward who hurt Marchand in Game 3 with a sneaky right to the chin.

Bennett, who returned in the third game after an injury to his left hand or wrist, probably can’t fight at the moment and has fled. Maroon then signed on with Brandon Montour. The two have a history dating back to Maroon’s time with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Maroon made a gesture as if to say he wanted to fight several Panthers. No one accepted the fourth line’s invitation, but the crowd, already thrilled with a 2-0 lead, loved it.

Charlie McAvoy is assistant captain. He is the Bruins’ most punishing defender. These two elements came together during McAvoy’s first shift. With Marchand unavailable in Game 4, McAvoy let the Panthers know the pain was coming. As Sam Reinhart tried to get out of the Florida zone, McAvoy dropped the right wing with an open-ice shot to instantly raise the roof at TD Garden.

Jakub Lauko receives a critical penalty

Pastrnak can hammer one-timers on the power play all day, as he did at 8:53 of the first to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The hardest part is preparing him for such opportunities. It was the work of Jakub Lauko. Eight seconds before that goal, Lauko assessed an interference penalty on Aaron Ekblad while driving to the net, giving Boston a power play.

The No. 4 left winger, healthy for seven straight games between Rounds 1 and 2, made his series debut and scored in Game 3 against the Panthers.

Bruins PK rebounds to Bennett’s goal

The Panthers were 0 for 17 against the Bruins on the power play during the regular season and the first two-plus games of this series until they broke out with four power play goals in Game 3, including goals in both halves of a match. double minor to turn a 1-0 lead into a 3-0 lead.

They returned to their usual ways on Sunday. Or rather, the Bruins rebounded. They took five penalties in the game, including two penalties in the first period where Swayman made four saves. On the Panthers’ second power play, the Bruins outscored the Panthers and made it 2-0 shortly after on Carlo’s third goal of the playoffs.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, the success did not hold. Bennett’s contested goal came on the power play.

(Photo: Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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