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In the first round of the 1998 NHL playoffs, the Bruins were poised to take a 2-1 series lead against the Washington Capitals.
Boston had won Game Two in double overtime, and the star-crossed Caps continued their playoff OT struggles, having lost their seventh straight extra-time game in the postseason.
When P.J. Axelsson scored in overtime to seemingly end Game Three, the FleetCenter erupted, as the Bruins had handed the Capitals yet another gut-wrenching loss...
But wait a minute.
The play was immediately reviewed...to see if there was a Bruins skate in the crease.
As it turned out, Bruins forward Tim Taylor's skate was indeed slightly in the crease, but it in no way interfered with Caps goalie Olaf Kolzig.
However, the rules indicated that such a goal would be disallowed, and the referee called the goal back, causing an incensed Pat Burns to be livid behind the Bruins bench.
As it turned out, ex-Bruin Joe Juneau scored in the second OT, changing the complexion of the series.
It was all downhill for the B's from that point on. Another ex-Bruin, Adam Oates, scored two goals in the fourth game to give Washington a 3-1 series lead.
The Bruins won Game Five to stave off elimination, but alas, lost the sixth contest in overtime.
The Bruins went 0-3 at home, including two OT defeats.
But the series definitely turned on Axelsson's disallowed goal.