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Bruce Cassidy Criticizes Officiating Calls The Islanders ‘Saints’

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 27: Head coach Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins speaks to the media following his teams 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game One of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on May 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 27: Head coach Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins speaks to the media following his teams 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game One of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on May 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Do you hear that? If you turn your attention to the North East you may hear something resembling an infant crying. That high-pitched crying sound you hear is actually, Bruce Cassidy’s tears coming all the way from Boston.

Last night the New York Islanders took Game 5 by a score of 5-4 and after the game Bruins coach, Bruce Cassidy had some choice words for the officiating.

He went on to call the Islanders ‘Saints” for the narrative that they supposedly have sold over the last three years.

This temper tantrum disguised as a rant ended up costing Cassidy a pretty penny. According to the NHL Public Relations Twitter account, Cassidy was fined $25,000 for his postgame comments.

In all seriousness, I will empathize with Cassidy for a moment. I don’t think the officiating has been very good in the playoffs but here’s the thing, it’s not exclusively a Bruins issue. Look at last night’s game.

The Islanders, who according to Cassidy get the benefit of the doubt, had three glaring mistakes not go their way. In the first, there was this Nick Ritchie elbow that was not called.

Ironically, the hit was worthy enough of a maximum fine of $5,000 but not enough to call a penalty on. Then, in the third, there was a pretty blatant interference call that would’ve sent the Isles to a power play that was ignored.

Since when can you grab onto someone and pull them down?

Oh, and remember that Adam Pelech penalty that resulted in David Pastrnak’s second goal of the game? Well, he lifted Pastrnak’s stick but it was still called for a penalty.

Here’s an idea for Cassidy, how about not allowing a goal every time one of the worst power-play teams in the league goes on the man advantage. The Islanders without Anders Lee and Oliver Wahlstrom, their clear best power-play guys, still scored three goals.

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With the series tilted in the Islanders favor as they come home for Game 6, the fans will certainly have some fun with this one of Wednesday night. I can’t wait to hear how this one goes over at the Nassau Coliseum.

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