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Bruins got shafted but…

The Bruins had all the reason in the world to feel they got shafted on Thursday night.

And that shaft belonged to one Anton Stralman, who clipped his teammate Derick Brassard with his stick. But, as everyone knows by now – including the officials – it was Milan Lucic [1] who was incorrectly penalized with a four-minute high-sticking call.

The subsequent power play led to R.J. Umberger re-directing Stralman’s shot past Tuukka Rask [2] for the deciding goal in a 3-2 heart-breaking loss to Columbus.

But after Bruins coach Claude Julien [3] and his staff were given an apology by supervisor of officials Mick McGeough following the game, there was a sense that the officials’ error could have been easily mitigated if only the Bruins could somehow put away a last-place team on their home ice.

That was the focus of several players – including Lucic afterward.

Here’s what they had to say:

Lucic said the third-period must be a time to put away the competition and the Bruins aren’t [4].

Blake Wheeler said solving the third-period dilemma must be a priority [5].

Patrice Bergeron said it’s simple – Bruins need to bury their chances when they get them [6].

Julien pointed to David Krejci missing an open net early in the third period as a turning point [7].

After getting an apology from referee supervisor, Julien said it was just human error that led to Lucic call [8].

Julien was asked if instant replay, like in the NFL, would have helped the Bruins [9].