What is a good playoff series without a little bit of controversy. Looking at the matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins, it almost seems impossible to go without something controversial. Now, some of you may think we are going to talk about the Nazem Kadri hit on Tommy Wingels, but we need to wait and see what the NHL's Player Safety Department will decide to go when it comes to the Leafs forward. Wingels was forced to miss the rest of the third period after the hit by Kadri, which occurred once Wingels had fallen to the to the ice, close by the boards. It remains to be seen if both Wingels and Kadri will take part in Game 2 of the intense Eastern Conference series. Kadri has a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Friday and could face a suspension under the charge of boarding/charging. He received a a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct in the process.
See the hit for yourself in the video below:
However, the controversy stands around the first goal of that intense series, one scored by the Bruins, who went up to take the first win of the series by the final score of 5-1. The Bruins controlled the play early on in the game, and managed to record the first goal on a power-play. However, there was some talk, especially on social media post-goal that one Bruins player might have been offside.
First, there was chatter that veteran forward Patrice Bergeron was offside, but some say it seemed that he was able to keep his toe just barely onside. Then, some mentioned that Brad Marchand, who was credited with the here-mentioned controversial game, was offside on the play.
The game went on and Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock did not call for a challenge. On Friday, Babcock finally revealed why he did not request for the officials to review Marchand's goal, and we can understand the coach's frustration with how things went down.
According to Babcock himself, he claimed that he and the Leafs didn't have the right replay to challenge the Bruins first goal. The head coach notes that he was frustrated he couldn't see it, as reported by The Athletic's James Mirtle.
Some pundits wonder if Babcock got cold feet and did not call for a challenge in order to prevent his team from getting another minor penalty. However, it is clear now that Babcock couldn't get the right replay and was very upset over the controversial goal.
How do you feel about Marchand's goal?