Vote: Were Predators robbed of opening goal due to early whistle?

It’s déjà vu all over again for Smashville after the opening goal of the game didn’t count, this time because the referee blew the play dead moments before Colton Sissons put the puck behind Matt Murray.

If you’re going to be eliminated in the Stanley Cup Final, this is up there among the worst ways to lose.

The Nashville Predators were essentially robbed of a goal in the second period that would have given them a 1-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins during Sunday night’s Game 6 of the Final.

The missed call proved crucial as the Penguins scored two late goals to secure a 2-0 victory and clinch the Stanley Cup for a second straight year.

At the 18:52 mark of the second, Penguins goalie Matt Murray was unable to fully corral a loose puck that was then tapped in by Predators winger Colton Sissons. However, the play was already ruled dead before the puck passed the red line due to a whistle by referee Kevin Pollock. Thus, no goal.

Check out the play for yourself in the video above and cast your vote below.