Leafs open scoring thanks to controversial penalty call in Game 3 (video)


The Toronto Maple Leafs have their first lead of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they owe part of it to a controversial call that went their way in the first period of Game 3.

At the 16:58 mark of the opening frame, the officials called a “delay of game” penalty on Riley Nash, after he seemingly flipped the puck straight over the glass in his own end. But after further review, it’s pretty clear that the puck went off the glass before going over.

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The referees talked about it, but decided to give Nash the penalty anyway. Have a look for yourself:

And just seven seconds later, Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk found the back of the net to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser weighed in on the call too:

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.