PITTSBURGH - NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell acknowledged Thursday that linesman Tony Sericolo erred in not whistling Danny Briere offside before he scored in Wednesday's Game 1.
Briere was circling out of the zone and entered before the puck, ultimately scoring the Flyers' first goal of the game on a partial breakway. The play was not blown dead. Sericolo, 43, is a veteran of 862 NHL games since 1998. Wednesday was his sixth career playoff game, according to the NHL officials association website.
"There's no other way to explain it but a missed call," Campbell told the Canadian Press. "We're as upset as Pittsburgh almost. It's a mistake."