Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy criticized umpires for their decisions in Game 5 of Boston’s second-round series with the New York Islanders.
The Bruins lost 5-4 and trailed 3-2 in their series. Cassidy felt the officials were being too charitable to the islanders and said so after the game.
“It’s a highly respected coaching and management team there. But they sell a narrative beyond that they are the New York Saints rather than the New York Islanders, ”Cassidy said.
Islanders coach Barry Pese responded after the game, saying the low number of penalties for them is consistent with how they have been throughout the season.
The Bruins had twice as many penalty minutes in the game compared to the Islanders (eight to four). Worse for Boston, those penalties had consequences, as the islands scored three power play goals.
“There are many who could call us. They did not. That’s all I can say. I don’t want to go much deeper, ”said David Pastrnak. “Obviously, I think if you’re going to call those, the first two penalties, you have to do it both ways.”
Pastrnak scored two goals for Boston in the loss.
Cassidy also complained about the way Patrice Bergeron was ejected from a matchup in Game 5. He thinks that Despite the comments Before Game 5 about Bergeron’s “cheating” in matchups, the Game 5 result was obtained.
Cassidy will likely be fined for his comments. But with his Bruins now down 3-2, the fine is probably worth it for him.