Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy didn't mince words when it came to voicing his opinion about some of the missed calls — especially on David Perron's game-winning goal — in Thursday night's Game 5.
Q: What did you think about some of the missed calls, like the hits to the head?
Cassidy: “Those are the hits they want to get out of the game, correct? That’s what I hear a lot about. Clearly, they missed a couple tonight. It’s a fast game. I sat here two days ago or whatever it was and said I believe these officials are at this level because they’ve earned the right to be here. You should be getting the best. But, I mean, the narrative changed after Game 3. There’s a complaint or whatever put forth by the opposition. It just seems to have changed everything.
The no-call on Acciari … their player is on his way to the box. It’s right in front of the official. It’s a slew foot. Our guy’s gone. The spotter took him out of the game for a possible concussion. I mean, it’s blatant. It had a big effect on the game. This has happened. I’m a fan of the game. It’s the National Hockey League’s getting a black-eye with their officiating in these playoffs, and there’s another one that’s going to be talked about. I thought it was a great hockey game. That call, probably … there’s time, but it really made it difficult for us to get the win tonight. So I’m disappointed. So I guess to answer your original question, it was egregious. But we’re moving on. We’re getting ready for Game 6.”
Q: What was being said on the bench after the non-call?
Cassidy: "What was being said was, ‘You missed the ‘effin call’ was what was being said on the bench. For obvious reasons. But after that, we had to settle down and play. If you mean by me or the players — listen, we thought we got screwed, but you gotta keep playing and we did. We scored the next goal, gave ourselves a chance to win. So we tried to rally around that moving forward.”
Q: Did you get an explanation?
Cassidy: "No — and typically, I don’t expect an explanation for a non-call. And I get that, they want to keep the game moving. Typically, seldomly you’ll get an explanation unless it’s one of those challenges — puck maybe was in, why are they reviewing it? Something like that. But typically, no.”