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Sport Stars upset with tripping penalty call on Jamie Benn in overtime

17:35  26 september  2020
17:35  26 september  2020 Source:   yardbarker.com

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The Stars are not happy with a tripping penalty called on Jamie Benn in overtime of Dallas' Game 4 loss in the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night in Edmonton.

Matt Cullen, Rick Bowness, Todd Nelson posing for the camera: Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness is clearly not happy with a tripping call that went against his team. © Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness is clearly not happy with a tripping call that went against his team.

Benn was called for tripping about five minutes into overtime. A minute and a half later, Kevin Shattenkirk buried a power-play goal to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 win.

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Here is the play that had Stars fans upset:

Even though the two players seem to be doing a typical fight for the puck, Benn can be seen grabbing Tyler Johnson’s stick and then lifting his leg. That’s tripping all the way, and the correct call was made.

Joe Pavelski, who scored in the third period to tie the game at four, feels it was a bad call.

Stars head coach Rick Bowness agreed.

The Stars’ frustration is understandable. This is the Stanley Cup Final, and they don’t want to be a man down in overtime of a critical Game 4. The referees are an easy target when things go wrong.

The Lightning now lead the series 3-1. Game 5 will be on Saturday night.

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