Watch: Cedric Paquette drills Charlie McAvoy from behind, throws punch, doesn't get penalized

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By WEEI 93.7

If Bruce Cassidy was upset with the officiating after Game 4, the third period of Game 5 gave him reason to be even more upset.

With 14 minutes left in Monday night's Game 5, Tampa Bay's Cedric Paquette drilled Charlie McAvoy from behind, injuring McAvoy, and somehow escaped without being penalized at all. The punch he threw in the ensuing scrum also went unpenalized.

#NHLBruins Charlie McAvoy is down after this hit from #GoBolts Cedric Paquette pic.twitter.com/bwfihbWdQd

— Here's Your Replay ⬇️ (@TheReplayGuy) September 1, 2020

Considering Paquette has a history of dirty hits from behind, having been suspended for hitting Torey Krug from behind a few years ago, and just got away with boarding Karson Kuhlman two days ago, it was incredibly fortunate for the Lightning that he got the benefit of the doubt, and incredibly unfortunate for the Bruins that they both suffered an injury to their top defenseman and didn't even get a power play.

The Bruins were forced to play without McAvoy for the next eight minutes, and in that time the Lightning took a 2-1 lead when Anthony Cirelli tipped a Victor Hedman shot past Jaroslav Halak.

McAvoy came back a couple minutes later, and the Bruins came back to life a few minutes after that when Zdeno Chara's shot from the point deflected right to David Krejci, who buried it into a yawning net to tie the game at 2-2 with 2:33 left in regulation.

The Bruins had a great chance to win in regulation when Ondrej Kase drew a trip on Victor Hedman with 1:56 to go, but they couldn't score on the ensuing power play, and Game 5 went to overtime.