Cam Neely’s reaction was every Bruins fan after a late no-call led to a Blues goal

Neely chucked his water bottle in frustration after what looked like a missed tripping call led to a 2-0 St. Louis lead.

Bruins president Cam Neely throws water bottle after Blues score their second goal in the third period of Game 5. NBC

Cam Neely wasn’t holding back any emotion late in Game 5.

After Blues center Tyler Bozak seemed to cut Bruins forward Noel Acciari’s legs out from under him, no penalty was called. The Blues took advantage as play continued and scored on a goal generated from left wing David Perron. Acciari did not return to his feet until the puck had already found the back of the net to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead.

The Bruins president was fired up, as the NBC feed picked up Neely rocketing his water bottle across the booth in frustration and disbelief that Bozak was not penalized for tripping.


The no-call became even more significant following the goal from Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk with 6:28 to go. What could have, and probably should have been a 1-1 tie heading to overtime turned into a 2-1 victory for St. Louis in a pivotal Game 5 to give them a 3-2 series advantage.

Neely has always been a fan favorite in Boston — both as a player and executive — and his reaction accurately sums up how many Bruins fans felt on Thursday night.