Canadiens lose on controversial non-call
Habs coach Therrien frustrated by missed off-side
The Montreal Canadiens lost a heart-breaking Game 1 in double overtime to the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night at the Bell Centre.
But the play should have been whistled dead before Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored 2:06 into the period to give a 2-1 victory to the Lightning.
Shortly after Kucherov's goal, replays revealed Lightning centre Valtteri Filppula was off-side as the Lightning entered the Canadiens' end.
Offsides on OT winner? <a href="http://t.co/8NqxLzOl9H">pic.twitter.com/8NqxLzOl9H</a>—@myregularface
The missed call is a moot point now, but that didn't stop Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien from voicing his frustration to reporters following the game.
Therrien "it's really frustrating losing a game on an offside, it's not supposed to happen ... It's black or white" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Habs?src=hash">#Habs</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bolts?src=hash">#Bolts</a>—@DGelevan
Therrien lamented the non-call while celebrating his team's effort. He emphasized that an off-side is not a judgment call the same way that a penalty would be.
Therrien's comments on the controversial call begin at 1:06 of the video below: