TAMPA – Add faceoffs to the list of ambiguous sports rules that seem called an exponential number of ways. Even going back to the first-round series against the Maple Leafs, players from both teams were tossed from faceoffs for violations approximately 2,000 times.
The officials seemed to relax their approach in Game 1 against the Lightning, but it happened again in Tampa's Game 2 win Monday that evened the series. The hockey world is truly upside down when Patrice Bergeron, one of the league’s aces in the faceoff dot, gets tossed repeatedly.
To top it off, the Bruins struggled there throughout most of the night. At one point, Lightning forward Tyler Johnson had won 10 of 13 draws. Boston ultimately won 43 percent of them, but at one point Tampa was controlling two of every three puck drops.
For what it's worth, Bergeron hardly fails at winning a faceoff when it truly counts. That’s what he did late in the third period, when he won the battle that led directly to Torey Krug’s whistling short-side goal that cut the deficit to 3-2.
Your guess is as good as any at how faceoffs will be officiated the remainder of the series.