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Lightning coach addresses media after Colorado's controversial OT goal

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — It was an unusual post-game press conference after the Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday thanks to an overtime goal by Nazem Kadri — even if the two-time defending champion Lightning didn’t believe it should have counted.

“This one’s going to sting much more than others,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said in a post-game press conference. “Just because I think it was taken — it was potentially — I don’t know.”

Without specifically making an accusation, Cooper felt Colorado had too many players during a line change moments before the winning goal.

“The reason there is a rule is if you gain a significant advantage and that’s probably what happened there, that happens all the time in line changes,” Cooper said. “It’s not an inexact science. The purpose of the rule is not to gain a significant advantage… yeah, it’s too bad.”

Cooper said the Bolts will have to move on and try to even the series in games 5 and 6.

“Nothing we can do to turn back — [the refs] missed it,” Cooper said. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s water under the bridge now.”

Cooper added, “It’s the way the game is and you cant pout about it, you turn the page and move on.”

In a statement, the NHL said the penalty is a judgement call that can be made by the on-ice officials. Each of the four officials said they did not see too many men on the ice during the winning play.

The call is not subject to video review.

When asked if the play should have been reviewed, Cooper said the call was not on him.

“It was an emotional time last night but I’ve moved on.”

The Avalanche lead the series 3-1.

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