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Referees keep Boston Bruins left wing Nick Ritchie (21) from fighting with New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin (17) and right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) in the first period of Game 1 during an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 29, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) **FILE**

Officiating takes center stage midway through NHL playoffs

- Associated Press

Calls made, and not made, and the ensuing results are tipping the balance of the postseason. The spotlight is on referees and linesmen for the impact they’re having on the way to some team lifting the Stanley Cup.

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