Ritchie appeared to hit Gourde from behind a few yards from the planks, and Gourde went left shoulder first into the planks. Officials gave Ritchie the middle finger after watching the video, and Gourde left before returning early in the third period.
“Obviously Gourde was down and he’s a good player – a very good player for them – smart, obviously,” Cassidy said. “He put them on the power play for 5 minutes, he finished the game, had no problem in the third period. I did not agree with the call. ”
Ritchie said he was trying to complete his test after Gourde got rid of the puck. Still, he could face a suspension, which Lightning coach Jon Cooper said could be the case in the regular season, but he wondered if the major penalty could allow Ritchie to “break free” from the fifth. missing match.
Boston received a power play goal from Jake DeBrusk in the third period to put an end to any idea of a Tampa Bay shutout.
The defending Eastern Conference champions have been outscored 10-2 in the last two games and have lost three in a row since winning Game 1. The fifth game will take place on Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.