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Bruins coach on offside challenge: 'What is the purpose of this rule?'

6 novembre 2019
Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy is not happy with the new offside challenge rule that penalizes coaches when they get it wrong. Specifically, his beef is that the new rule was supposed to cut down on long delays in the game while plays were reviewed. That was not the case Tuesday night as officials took several minutes to review whether Charlie Coyle was offside in what would have been the go-ahead goal in a 4-4 game with Montreal in the third period.

“They’re over there for three minutes,” Cassidy told reporters in a post-game interview. “What is the purpose of this rule? Either you find something [or] you don’t. Three minutes. Now you’re looking for something, for it to be offside. You know it’s going to go the other way, and it did.”

"There was a change this summer, punishing the coaches if they got it wrong for this reason: They didn’t want three-minute reviews,” Cassidy said after the Bruins’ 5-4 loss to Montreal. “Anyway, it was a big part of the game. Didn’t go our way.”

He's right about it being a big part of the game. After Coyle's goal was called back, it took less than four minutes for Montreal's Ben Chiarot to score a goal that would turn out to be the game winner. The moment was a major turning point in the game.

You can view the play that led to the overturned goal below.

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