The Boston Bruins dropped Game 5 to the New York Islanders and now find themselves behind in the series 3-2.
The B's tried to put together a comeback but weren't able to get the final equalizer.
While head coach Bruce Cassidy wasn't impressed with his penalty kill unit, he more so wasn't impressed with the penalties his team was being called for.
“We’re playing a team that has a very respected management and coaching staff over there…they’ve won [Cups]. But I think they sell a narrative over there that it’s more like the New York Saints than the New York Islanders. They play hard and they play the right way,” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “But I feel like we play the same way. The exact calls that are getting called on us do not get called on them and I don’t know why. These are very good officials. They’re at this point in the season for a season. You’ve got continuous high sticks every game. The exact same high sticks: Bergie with Nelson behind the net, one that comes up on Smith. Marchand got called for that in Game 1.
“I could go on and on. Wagner the other day in front of the net. Maybe we need to sell them more and flop, but that’s not us. You just hope they’d see them. The same calls go against us. It’s not like I’m sitting here saying ‘Every call that goes against us sucks.’ That’s not true. It’s just at the end of the day they need to be penalized on similar plays. But I think they’ve done a great job selling that narrative that they’re clean. They play hard. I love the way they play. But they commit as many infractions as we do. Trust me. It’s just a matter of calling them. That’s the part that gets frustrating. Let’s just play hockey, call all the infractions and then see where it goes.”
The B's head coach wasn't done, he's also upset about how guys are being kicked out of the faceoff circle and pointed out the refs treatment of Patrice Bergeron.
“He’s thrown out, what, the first two, three or four faceoffs that he takes because somebody mentioned [he’s cheating]. Have a little respect for Patrice Bergeron. He’s up for the Selke,” said Cassidy. “He’s been a warrior in this league, a face of the franchise, does everything right for hockey and sells the game. That’s the way you treat him?
“I mean, c’mon…because somebody speaks out and says something all of a sudden. They just need to be better than that and just call the game you see. Quit listening to these outside influences and get it done right. I don’t think [the on-ice officials] were great tonight. I’m not going to lie to you.”
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