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“I don’t see it as a break, a non-break, I think it’s actually nothing” – The Denver Post

TAMPA, Fla. — Avalanche coach Jared Bednar twice said Thursday morning that Tampa Bay’s complaint that Wednesday night’s Game 4 overtime winner shouldn’t have counted didn’t count. “nothing”.

“Honestly, I thought it was nothing,” Bednar said before the team returned to board its charter in Denver. “It happens every two shifts the whole game.”

Lightning coach Jon Cooper in his brief post-game press conference said, “My heart breaks for the players because we should probably still be playing.” He walked out without explaining what he meant, but it’s believed he thinks officials missed a penalty for too many Avalanche men before Nazem Kadri’s overtime goal gave Colorado a win 3-2 and a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final. .

Videos and images show Kadri switched shifts with Nathan MacKinnon and Kadri may have jumped onto the ice outside the maximum 5-foot distance between them. And when Kadri had the puck and attacked the net, MacKinnon’s skates were still on the ice as he faced the bench.

Technically, MacKinnon doesn’t have to have his skates on the ice when the player he’s switched to has the puck. But it’s a no-call as much as it’s called. And at some point before the goal, the Lightning had seven players on the ice — one more than the Avs.

“It’s part of the game. It’s a fluid game. You change on the fly,” Bednar said. “You watch this clip and you save it – and I’ve done it a few times to see exactly what they’re talking about – and Tampa has two guys jumping with their Ds coming off the ice in the area. I count seven (Lightning) and six (Avalanche) at any given time. So that’s what it is… I don’t see it as a pause, a non-pause, I think it’s actually nothing.



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