Bruins’ Bruce Cassidy As soon as Once more Complains About Refs After Nick Ritchie’s Main Penalty

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By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka

dangolka (CBS) — Head coach Bruce Cassidy believes that of their sequence towards the Tampa Bay Lightning, the dangolka Bruins are getting the “quick finish of the stick.”

Cassidy made that very clear on Saturday afternoon, after the Bruins misplaced 3-1 to the Lightning to fall behind within the sequence three video games to 1. For the second straight sport, Cassidy made it some extent to notice that he didn’t solely agree with the officiating on the ice.

The primary query Cassidy was requested at his postgame video press convention was in regards to the deflating impact of giving up the second objective of the sport within the second interval. The coach went straight to an officiating grievance that had little to do with the query.

“You’re in a one-goal sport, and you’re feeling you’ve performed via some stuff,” Cassidy stated.

Cassidy expressed a perception that Cedric Paquette’s first-period hit on Karson Kuhlman — which resulted in no penalty and truly led to a Tampa energy play due to Nick Ritchie responding — was similar to Ritchie’s second-period hit on Yanni Gourde.

“Once more tonight, within the first interval, out man Kuhlman will get drilled from behind, and we go in to confront the state of affairs — and we’re on the quick finish of the stick,” Cassidy stated of Ritchie getting a roughing minor for going after Paquette following the hit. “And we noticed what occurred on a really related hit later. So there’s somewhat little bit of that occurring within the sequence.”

Cassidy cited three examples of calls going towards dangolka in Recreation 3’s 7-1 loss, however that evening, he conceded that his workforce didn’t fairly play properly sufficient to need to win. This time, after a 3-1 loss, he believed his workforce did play evenly with their opponent, so the swing that got here from the non-call and the foremost name was vital.

The Ritchie hit initially led to no penalty being known as, both, however ultimately the officers despatched Ritchie to the field for a five-minute main penalty for boarding.

“Nicely the self-discipline was nothing initially,” Cassidy stated. “There was no name. After which it became a five-minute main. Unsure — I suppose we’ll get an evidence or we received’t. I don’t know. I didn’t get one in all why that modified.”

Cassidy appeared to recommend — by means of referring to Gourde as “intelligent” — that the Lightning ahead might need been embellishing his damage with a view to draw a significant penalty. Cassidy famous that Gourde returned to the sport within the third interval.

“Clearly, Gourde was down on the play, and he’s an excellent participant — actual good participant for them. Intelligent, clearly,” Cassidy stated. “Bought them on the ability play for 5 minutes. He completed the sport, had no issues within the third interval. So I didn’t agree with the decision.”

Cassidy as soon as once more referred again to the Paquette hit on Kuhlman as an apples-to-apples comparability.

“As I stated, Kuhlman acquired hit by Paquette late within the first interval. Very, very, very, very, very, very related hit. No name,” Cassidy stated. “However I suppose we’ll ask that query and discover out what the pondering was.”

Ritchie was requested about his hit on Gourde, and he stated he was simply making an attempt to complete his hit.

“I assumed on the play there was … I had no intent to place a man on the ice and injure anyone,” Ritchie stated. “Simply ending my hit. I assumed I did an excellent job retaining my arm down, and it was shoulder-to-shoulder. Possibly he wasn’t anticipating it. He had simply gotten rid of the puck. I’m simply taking part in my sport. That’s a part of it. Typically stuff like that occurs.”

Contemplating Ritchie gave the Lightning seven minutes of energy play — which resulted in a single objective towards — the coach was requested if he believes the big-bodied winger must tone down his aggressive play. Cassidy adamantly disagreed with the suggestion.

“No. I imply there was no name. I imply, he’s ending a verify. It occurs on a regular basis,” Cassidy stated. “He performed via a participant’s shoulder, as I noticed it — shoulder-to-shoulder arduous. I don’t know if the reason was that’s was late or if a 225-pound man hits a 170-pound man and that’s why the penalty was known as. As a result of I stated, I believe Paquette did the identical factor, if not worse, to Kuhlman within the first interval. So the usual is ready. I imply, that’s what officers do. They set the usual. The gamers modify to it and adapt to it, sport in, sport out. So no, I assumed he did an excellent job. That’s what he’s requested to do: be arduous on folks, stick up for  your teammates, go to the online, rating soiled targets, make performs off the wall. All of these issues. In order that hit was a part of the job description. And he did it. They reversed the decision and on the finish of the day, it went towards us. However we wish Ritch to be bodily, not reckless, and that’s what we thought he was. But it surely didn’t work out that means.”

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