NHL Analyst Paul Bissonnette Rips Officiating in Stars-Avs With Incredible Quote

Turner Sports NHL analyst Paul Bissonnette ripped the officiating in the West semifinal tilt between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche.
Turner Sports NHL analyst Paul Bissonnette ripped the officiating in the West semifinal tilt between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche. / Screenshot from X (formerly Twitter).

The Dallas Stars took a 3-2 series lead into Friday night's Game 6, looking to put away the Colorado Avalanche on the road to advance to the Western Conference finals.

With the game tied 1-1 in overtime, it appeared that Stars forward Mason Marchment scored the winning goal. However, it was determined that teammate Matt Duchene interfered with Colorado goalie Alexandar Georgiev, and the goal was waved off.

It's safe to say that Turner Sports NHL analyst Paul Bissonnette disagreed with the call, as he insinuated that the official who made the call was betting on the game.

"In this sense, he like taps his stick," Bissonnette began. "And then it's clear that the bump from Makar is what throws everything off. So it's basically friendly fire in this case, where I think that for sure should have counted. Obviously, with the ref waving it off, they're probably going upstairs. They're saying, 'Well we've got to stick with the original call.' So I don't know if that ref's got the DraftKings sportsbook going right now, but that was kind of a BS call."

The game went on to the second overtime, where Duchene scored the game-winning goal to send the Stars to the Western Conference finals.

Dallas will play the winner of the series between Vancouver and Edmonton. The Canucks lead the series against the Oilers 3-2 heading into Saturday's Game 6.


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