How the Panthers' controversial goal helped the Bruins take 3-1 lead in the series: 5 takeaways

BOSTON — To add insult to injury in a game the Boston Bruins probably felt Sam Bennett probably shouldn't have played in the first place, the Florida Panthers' agitator kicked a controversial tying goal in the third period Sunday night, giving his team the lead. Helped to move forward. Come from behind to win 3-2.

The Bruins then said there was “clear evidence” of Bennett. sucker punch captain Brad Marchand on Friday Night.

Bennett scored after Bruins center Charlie Coyle pushed a pass past goaltender Jeremy Swayman.

“My speed overwhelms him, so he can't get ahead,” Coyle said of Swayman. “So yeah, I guess that's how it happened.”

Coach Jim Montgomery challenged, and it looked like it would be a cut-and-dry counterattack, but after a lengthy review, the NHL situation room with referees Francis Charron and Frederic L'Équier determined it was a good counterattack. Was the goal.

The failed challenge forced the Panthers to end up with a power play, and an angry Montgomery lashed out at the referee during the ensuing action and then a TV timeout. The Panthers did not score there, but 3:50 minutes after Bennett's goal, Alexander Barkov continued his tremendous playoff run with the eventual winning goal.

David Pastrnak and Brandon Carlo scored first-period goals for the Bruins, and Swayman made 38 saves.

The game tightened up in the second period when Anton Lundell destroyed Swayman's masterpiece after getting the first down on the forecheck and beating Swayman with a quick shot on a pass from Iván Rodríguez. Swayman stopped all 26 shots he faced at that point, including 16 in the first period when Boston trailed 16–5. At one point in the game, Natural State Trick had the odds 15–2 in favor of Florida and high-danger chances were 7–1.

Game 5 of the series is Tuesday night at South Florida.

Here are five quick takeaways about what happened in Game 4 and how it gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead in the second-round series.

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Even the retired referee was surprised by Bennett's goal count. in texts with athletic, A former referee said, “The call took me by surprise.”

Another said, “I don't know why. Possibly they felt that the push was not as bad as the outcome. It's difficult to say anything without being on a headset.

Former referee Tim Peel said, “I don't know why that goal would count. I'm really confused.”

The NHL Situation Room said it felt “video review supported the on-ice referee's call that a push on Charlie Coyle by Florida's Sam Bennett and subsequent contact with Jeremy Swayman caused Swayman to play his position in the crease ahead of Bennett. Not stopped from the goal.”

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Pat Maroon wanted a piece of Sam Bennett

One reason the Bruins acquired Pat Maroon from the Minnesota Wild at the trade deadline was the veteran forward's playoff pedigree. Maroon has won three Stanley Cups and is a vocal locker-room presence who has never shied away from standing up for teammates.

Maroon was yelling at Sergei Bobrovsky during warmups and carried his chatter into the first period. After icing, he barked at Bennett and wanted to fight the Panthers forward who had injured Marchand with a right blow to his chin in Game 3.

Bennett, who returned in Game 3 after suffering a left hand or wrist injury, likely couldn't fight right now and skated off. After this, Maroon got engaged to Brandon Montour. Both have history from Maroon's time with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Maroon made a gesture as if to say he wanted to fight several Panthers. No one accepted the fourth liner's invitation, but the crowd – already energized by the 2–0 lead – loved it.

Charlie McAvoy is an alternate captain. He is the Bruins' most punishing defender. Those two elements came together in McAvoy's first shift. With Marchand unavailable in Game 4, McAvoy told the Panthers there was going to be pain. As Sam Reinhart tried to drive out of the Florida zone, McAvoy dropped the right wing with an open-ice hit to immediately raise the roof of the TD Garden.

Jakob Lauko takes a crucial penalty

Pastrnak can hit home power-play one-timers all day, as he did at 8:53 of the first to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The difficult part is to prepare him for such occasions. That was the work of Jacob Lucco. Eight seconds before that goal, Lauko drove to the net and drew an interference penalty on Aaron Ekblad, giving Boston a power play.

The No. 4 left wing, a healthy scratch for seven straight games between Rounds 1 and 2, made his series debut and scored in Game 3 against the Panthers.

Bruins PK hits back until Bennett goal

The Panthers were a combined 0-for-17 against the Bruins on the power play during the regular season and the first two-plus games of this series, until they were outscored with four power-play goals in Game 3, which included a Scoring was also included on both halves. Double minor to turn a 1-0 lead into a 3-0 lead.

They returned to their old ways on Sunday. Or, better put, the Bruins fought back. He killed five penalties in the game, including two major penalties in the first period, where Swayman made four stops. On the second Panthers power play, the Bruins actually outscored the Panthers and took a 2–0 lead on Carlo's third goal of the playoffs shortly thereafter.

Unfortunately the Bruins were not successful. The disputed Bennett goal was on the power play.

(Photo: Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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