Colorado coach Jared Bednar was unhappy with a controversial penalty call in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final on Friday that helped Tampa Bay decide the fate of a 3-2 snowfall.
Bednar's team entered Game 5 with a chance to lift the cup on home ice, leading the series 3-1. In the second half, The Lightning scored a partial victory over the result of a tripping infraction against Cale Makar, which resulted in a 4-on-3 power-play goal from Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov.
It was wound up because of the difference in Friday’s results, which didn’t sit well with Bednar.
“I didn’t like that call, because I don’t think there was any purpose,” Bednar said. “I don’t think he’s testing that guy [Ondrej Palat].
Tampa Bay proved after a mental loss in Game 4 that it could quickly turn the page. Now Colorado has to do the same and leave any lasting frustration at Friday’s finish as the series returns to Tampa for Game 6 on Sunday.