BOSTON coach Bruce Cassidy blew up the official after the Boston Bruins defeat in Game 5 on Monday night, theorized that the New York Islanders are tricking the referees into thinking they are a squeaky clean team.
“That’s my opinion: We’re playing against a team with a very respectable management and coaching staff. But I think they’re selling a story over there that it’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders. “said Cassidy after the Bruins’ 5-4 defeat, which gave the Islanders a 3-2 lead in the second round of the playoffs.” They play hard and they play right, but I feel like we’re the same . And the exact calls that are being made to us are not being called to them, and I don’t know why. “
The Bruins were whistled to four penalties in Game 5, including Patrice Bergeron’s delay in playing for throwing the puck over the glass in the third period. The Islanders received only two penalties in the game, although the Bruins spent more time in their zone. Boston had a 76-35 shot trial advantage.
New York took advantage of its manpower and went 3-on-4 in a power play in victory.
The referees for Game 5 were Francis Charron and Francois St. Laurent.
“They did a great job selling this narrative, that they were clean. They play tough hockey. But they commit as many violations as we do. Trust me. It’s’ [just] it’s about calling her, “said Cassidy.
Islanders coach Barry Doch was asked about Cassidy’s “New York Saints” comments after the game.
“You have to ask him,” said Defiance. “I just looked at where we ended up during the year – we were one of the least punished teams in the league. [So] I don’t know what he means by that. You have to ask him. “
In fact, the Islanders were the least-punished team in the NHL this season, at 2.69 penalties per 60 minutes. The Bruins were the third most penalized team with 3.89 penalties per 60 minutes.
Each team received 40 penalty minutes and 13 power plays for the series.
Game 5 for Cassidy specifically featured a couple of high-level calls that he thought should have been whistled. Cassidy called a high stick from Brock Nelson on Bruins Center Bergeron and another stick that came up on winger Craig Smith.
“I could go on and on. Maybe we need to sell them more. Flop. But we are not. You just hope they see her. And the same calls are against us. So it’s not like I’m sitting here and saying, ‘Well, every phone call against us sucks.’ That’s not true. It’s just that at the end of the day, similar moves … they have to be penalized for those moves, “said Cassidy.
The Bruins coach had more problems with the Islanders’ playing skills when it came to Bergeron in the face-off circle. Regarded as one of the best faceoff men in NHL history, Bergeron was knocked out of the circle several times during the first period after Despite using his media availability on Sunday to discuss how the Bruins captain “cheated on faceoffs.” “.
“The greatest with [Bergeron]What linesmen can really control is that he doesn’t like to get his stick down. He’s a veteran who knows how to cheat on the faceoffs, “said spite.” I rely on our very capable crew and linesmen to make sure the cheating doesn’t go on. Because he’s good at it. All veterans are – he’s not the only one. Trust me.”
Cassidy said Bergeron deserved better.
“Have a little respect for Patrice Bergeron. He’s for Selke. He was a fighter in that league, a face of the franchise. He’s selling the game – and that’s how you treat him? I mean, come on.” he said.
Boston fans let their frustrations with the officer be known in blatant and vulgar terms throughout Game 5. After the final buzzer, dozens of yellow rally cloths hit the ice in protest.
It has generally been a frustrating night for the Bruins, who are now due out on Long Island on Wednesday. For her coach, that frustration manifested itself in a memorable rant against referees Charron and St. Laurent.
“You just have to be better. Call the game how you see it. Listen to those outside influences and do it right,” said Cassidy.
“I don’t think they were great tonight. I will not lie to you. But it was them. And they’re good guys and good officials.