ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Bruins have been on the receiving end of questionable calls this season, and - at times - it's been difficult for them to remain quiet about it.
But the Black and Gold were the unquestioned beneficiaries of a judgment call by the refs in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center, and they were glowing about it afterward.
"It's nice to get some of those controversial calls going your way," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "It was the right call."It appeared the Ducks had tied things up at 2-2 midway through the third period when Matt Beleskey snapped a shot past Marty Turco with Andrew Cogliano screening the 36-year-old netminder. But Turco immediately and demonstratively waved his arms at the refs, and the goal was overturned by the War Room in Toronto after Cogliano was found to be interfering with the B's goaltender in the crease.
"He's right in the middle of the crease impeding our goaltender from seeing that shot," said Julien. Within the goaltender interference rules it becomes a judgment call by game officials as to whether a player is inhibiting the goaltender's ability to square up and play the puck in the crease. Cogliano had fully entered the crease well before the shot, and didn't make any efforts to move himself once he was lodged in front of Turco's eyesight.
"They didn't have to tell me anything," said Turco. "It's the right call. Certainly there wasn't any contact, but they've also got to allow me to do my job."
While the Bruins were satisfied that NHL justice had prevailed, Bruce Boudreau flipped out on the Anaheim bench while coming to realization that the game had likely just been lost. "It doesn't matter what they say about it. . . those are the rules," said Julien."Then we scored that goal and got a little bit of a cushion."
Brian Rolston beat Jonas Hiller for a one-timer and made it 3-1.
But the game-winning play was undoubtedly the no-goal on Beleskey when the Ducks were swarming in the third.