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Nash takes accountability for 'selfish' penalty in Bruins overtime loss

Nash takes accountability for 'selfish' penalty in Bruins overtime loss

BOSTON – Riley Nash had his baseball hat pulled down low over his eyes when speaking in the Bruins dressing room following their 4-3 OT loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 of their first round playoff series.

Nash was perhaps trying to hide his emotions following the bitter defeat when it was his roughing penalty in the extra session that led to Bobby Ryan’s power play game-winner, but it was clear he was stepping up and accepting accountability no matter the circumstances.

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“I think it was pretty selfish of me, you know…you can’t make that play,” said Nash. “[You] can’t put the refs in that position regardless of what happened before that, you’ve just got to [take it]. It’s pretty tough for the boys.

“It’s been a pretty physical series all three games, so we’ve had some good runs at them. They’ve had some good runs at us. I think that’s just playoff hockey, but it’s just one of those things that, a dirty play here, a dirty play there…it doesn’t matter. You’ve got to bite your lip and just take it.”

In this particular play, Nash had himself a legitimate gripe about the call, however. After watching Senators D-man Marc Methot punch multiple Bruins players - Brad Marchand and Tim Schaller to name two - during regulation play without costing the Senators a power play, Nash didn’t get that same call in overtime. Nash was caught in a battle with a pair of Sens players when he was knocked to his knees against the side boards, and Bobby Ryan took the opportunity to elbow Nash’s head while slamming it against the boards.

Nash took a swipe at Ryan in retaliation while still from his knees, and that’s what referee Tim Peel decided to raise his hand for to call a penalty about in overtime of a Stanley Cup playoff game. Seconds later the B’s penalty kill was in disarray after one Erik Karlsson stretch pass and Ryan had himself a game-winning playoff goal in the aftermath. It was undoubtedly a weak sauce call by Peel to determine the fate of playoff game, and it was utterly mystifying how it wasn’t simply matching penalties for Nash and Ryan in OT, or no penalty called at all at that juncture in the game.

"[The penalty] was demoralizing and disappointing. I think you guys summed it up,” said Bruce Cassidy. “There are probably a lot more words, but they called it. So once they call it, it’s our job to kill it.”

All the complaining in the world from the Bruins isn’t going to change the call or Boston’s fate in Game 3, but any red-blooded hockey fan has to hope the officials don’t choose overtime in too many of these playoff to exert their influence for better or worse.

Morning Skate: Pastrnak stalemate 'could go into training camp'

Morning Skate: Pastrnak stalemate 'could go into training camp'

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while thoroughly enjoying all the pictures and videos of John Martin and his beautiful family enjoying themselves at Steve Buckley’s Olde Time Baseball Game last night.

*In the interest of self-promotion: Here I am discussing the current state of affairs with David Pastrnak and the Bruins, and what it means to Boston’s other younger players if they don’t pay him what he’s due.

*Another thing in the interest of self-promotion: I spoke with Toucher and Rich this a.m. about how David Pastrnak hit the RFA market at exactly the right time for a big payday.

*Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan talks about a visit he paid to Phil Kessel in Toronto over the last couple of weeks.

*So, apparently Tyler Seguin thinks he can create a nickname for himself. Hasn’t anybody ever explained to him that you can’t choose your own nickname?

*The first edition of the 2018 draft rankings are out by the Hockey News, and it looks like a better draft class than this past summer.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Tampa Bay Lightning joining a joint effort in Tampa to move Confederate monuments.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski has another in his “What If…?” series asking what might have happened if Terry Pegula owned the Buffalo Sabres in the 1990’s.

*For something completely different: I can be hit or miss with Tina Fey’s comedy, but I thought her sheet cake-filled take on last weekend’s ugly, tragic events were both on-point and funny.