Days after Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper complained that officials missed a call in Game 4 that cost his team the game, Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, had complained about a call made in Game 5.
In the second period, Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar was sent to the penalty box for tripping Tampa Bay’s Ondrej Palat. The penalty set up a four-on-three power play for the Lightning, and they capitalized on it with a Nikita Kucherov goal that gave the team a 2-1 lead.
“I didn’t like that call, just because I don’t think there was any intent there,” Bednar said after the game. “I don’t even think he was checking that guy. It looked to me like he kind of stopped on his stick. It’s tough. They scored their only power-play goal on that one . So it hurt, it stung a bit . But it is what it is. You gotta take the hits.”
Tampa Bay took a one-goal lead in the third period before Colorado tied the game with a Makar goal. But the Lightning regained the lead with a Palat goal with less than seven minutes remaining and held on for a 3-2 win.
Makar told reporters“This [penalty] doesn’t happen very often, but at the end of the day, you have to refocus.”