Key tripping call that flipped Game 5 'a tough one', says Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

Key tripping call that flipped Game 5 'a tough one', says Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

DENVER -- Colorado coach Jared Bednar wasn't happy about a controversial penalty call in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday

 that helped determine the Avalanche's fate in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

Bednar's team led the series 3-1 entering Game 5 with a chance to hoist the Cup on home ice

The Lightning earned a victory in part because of a tripping infraction levied against Cale Makar in the second period

 leading to a 4-on-3 power-play goal from Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov.

That wound up being the difference in Friday's outcome, which didn't sit well with Bednar

"I didn't love that call, just because I don't think there was any intent there," Bednar said

 "I don't even think he was checking that guy [Ondrej Palat]. Looked to me like he kind of tripped over his stick

It's a tough one. They got their only power play goal on that one

So that hurt, stung a little bit. But it is what it is. You gotta roll with the punches."

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