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Dale Hunter criticizes officials for blown offside call on Bruins' Game 3-winning goal

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Amid talk about Nicklas Backstrom’s suspension and head-hunting, the Boston Bruins wanted to spin things forward to Thursday.

“We’re just focusing on our game and what we need to do to win Game 4,” forward Milan Lucic said.

Meanwhile, Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter was still talking about Game 3, or, specifically, a missed offside call on the Bruins’ winning goal.

“[Officials] do miss stuff,” Hunter said. “The other night, the winning goal was offside.”

In a blog post referencing Backstrom’s one-game ban, owner Ted Leonsis said there’s no need to complain. But he took a jab at officials in the next paragraph, saying that “the defending Stanley Cup champs will always get the benefit of the doubt.”

Video shows Chris Kelly clearly over the blue line before Patrice Bergeron carries the puck into the zone with 2:12 left in the third period.

“Definitely offside. It was a bad call,” Hunter said. “Should have been called.”

It did not immediately lead to the goal; Zdeno Chara scored almost 20 seconds later after some significant time in the zone. Hunter referenced a similar situation from Game 1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers series when linesmen missed an obvious offside on Danny Briere’s goal that sparked a comeback.

“That’s so important, every little decision on the ice. It cost them with Pittsburgh there,” Hunter said. “They were up, it was offside goal in the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh series to start all this stuff. So it’s important to get the calls right.”

From the Twlight Zone portion of the program, the same two linesmen, Brian Murphy and Tony Sericolo, worked both Penguins-Flyers Game 1 and Caps-Bruins Game 3.

Here’s slow-motion video of the play in question from Monday:

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