One could argue that if not for the referees swallowing the whistle at a pivotal moment in Game 5 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, the St. Louis Blues might not be champions.
Now, a few other things still would have had to go the Boston Bruins’ way. But, nevertheless, it was an infamous no-call on an egregious Tyler Bozak trip on Noel Acciari that resulted in a Blues goal that paved the way to a win in Game 5.
It was a series-altering move, and a no-call that indisputably was wrong.
Fast forward to Friday, when Craig Berube’s team lost to the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 to fall behind 3-0 in the first-round series. Colorado’s third goal came after a slew foot of Colton Parayko deep in St. Louis’ offensive zone resulted in an Avs 2-on-1, that Tyson Jost finished to go up 3-0.
So, as he’s known to do, Berube after the game started bemoaning the officiating.
“Parayko gets tripped in the corner, they go down and score a goal,” Berube said, via The Athletic. “He gets tripped in the corner, slew-footed, and they don’t it and it cost us a goal. It’s terrible.”
The irony of it all won’t be lossed on Bruins fans.