Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy snatched the referees on their calls in Game 5 of Boston’s second-round series with the New York Islanders.
The Bruins lost 5-4 and fell back to 3-2 in their series. Cassidy thought the officers were too charitable towards the Islanders and said so after the game.
“It’s a very respected management and coaching staff here. But they sell a narrative here that is the New York Saints rather than the New York Islanders, ”Cassidy said.
Island coach Barry Trotz responded after the game and said the low number of penalties for them is in line with how they have been all season.
The Bruins had twice as many penalty minutes in the game compared to the Islanders (eight to four). Worse for Boston, those sanctions have had consequences, since the Islands have marked three power networks.
“There’s a lot they could call our way. They don’t. It’s pretty much all I can say. I don’t want to be much deeper than that,” David Pastrnak said. “Obviously I think if you call them that, the first two penalties, you have to call them both ways.”
Pastrnak scored two goals for Boston in the loss.
Cassidy also complained about the way Patrice Bergeron was kicked out of an offense in Game 5. He believes Trotz’s comment before game 5 on Bergeron’s “trick” in the face led to the result of game 5.
Cassidy will probably be amended for her comments. But with his Bruins now down 3-2, the fine is likely to be worth it for him.