Cam Neely Still Upset About Playoff Officiating.

Published May 23, 2018 at 12:14

The Boston Bruins have been out of the playoffs for awhile now, but Bruins President Cam Neely is still questioning the team's elimination. 

The B's were the victim of multiple bad calls through the Stanley Cup playoffs, especially during the second round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"There were three that really bothered me: The Marchand slash non-call in Game 2, Kevan Miller got a boarding call earlier in that game and then [David Pastrnak] gets hit from behind and there's no call late in the game, and then of course the non-call on [Charlie] McAvoy. For me those were tough to take."

Neely believes the officiating changed the momentum of the series and put the B's in a bad place mentally. 

"The thing that disappoints me the most, and not to take anything away from Tampa, is that I felt we should have been going back [to Tampa] for Game 5 tied at 2-2. That's a whole different mindset than going down there 3-1 [in the series]," said Neely. "You can say all you want that the focus is just on one game, but as a player you do look at the big picture and say, ‘Man, we've got to win three in a row against this team.' It's a lot different mindset."

The former Bruins forward believes it needs to be addressed and changes have to be made regarding how everything is handled. 

"It does need to get addressed because the game has gotten faster," said Neely. "There were a lot of great, exciting matchups in the playoffs, and a lot of the talk – not just in our series – was about the officiating."

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