But the brain trust that is the NHL has an explanation...
"With 9.5 seconds remaining in the third period, there was a stoppage and resulting face-off in the Washington zone. During the stoppage, the game clock operator and Series Manager determined that 0.9 seconds should have been added to the time remaining in the third period and attempted to contact the on-ice officials to delay the puck drop to accommodate making the necessary clock adjustment to 10.4 seconds remaining.We almost wish the Bruins had scored to see and hear the reaction on both sides when the goal was disallowed.
"The off-ice officials were not able to attract the attention of the referees or linesmen despite sounding the horn, which was not audible due to crowd noise, and the puck was dropped.
"The NHL Situation Room in Toronto immediately was aware that the clock had not started for 5.3 seconds after the face-off and, therefore, would have disallowed a goal scored with 5.3 seconds or less showing on the clock (emphasis added)."
But ask yourselves...would the league have really called from Toronto and instructed the in-arena officials to take a goal off the board? I'm kind of glad we will never know.
In the end, though, IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT Caps fans for being just dad gum loud.
Knock it off, will ya? They're trying to play a hockey game down there.