Surely the puck went in, Patrice Bergeron thought. Surely it did. How could it not have?
After all, the celebration had already begun. The red lamp was lit. The horn was blowing because a piece of frozen rubber ended up lying there behind the goal line, did it not?
Surely it went in an instant after Dennis Seidenberg’s rocket shot from the left point in overtime tipped off Bergeron’s stick and slid past Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner, sliding slowly along the ice as if this was air hockey until it came to rest behind Lehner for what some of the Bruins later conceded was a 2-1 victory they may not have fully deserved.
“Three of us thought for sure (the tip was in),’’ Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference said sheepishly after the issue had been officially adjudicated by a study of the replay that for a moment left the sellout crowd of 17,565 standing in silence, waiting for what Bergeron thought was a foregone conclusion but one of the referees had denied him.
He was wrong, was he not?
“All three of us were basically positive,’’ Ference said. “Not on the initial one but the second (when it appeared Lehner himself finished the job by nudging Bergeron’s deflection across the goal line as he reached back to try and swat it away).
“We’d have felt pretty foolish if they called it back. We’d already started celebrating. But I guess that doesn’t affect the video guy.’’
No it does not. The video revealed the puck slid fully beyond the goal line by the length of an ice shaving or two, which frankly is as good as burying the puck in the back of the net and considerably more exciting.
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Bruins use typical grit, ugliness to knock off Senators
Boston Herald | Mar 1