Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has been fined $25,000 for criticizing the officiating following the Bruins loss in Game 5 to the New York Islanders on Monday Night stating that he believed that the Isles “fooled” the referees into believing they are a clean-playing team.
The Bruins were whistled for four penalties in Game 5, while the Islanders were whistled for two.
“This is my take on it: We’re playing a team that has a very well-respected management and coaching staff. But I think they sell a narrative over there that it’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders,” Cassidy said (h/t ESPN). “They play hard and they play the right way, but I feel we’re the same way. And the exact calls that get called on us do not get called on them, and I don’t know why.”
“They’ve done a great job selling that narrative that they’re clean. They play a hard brand of hockey. But they commit as many infractions as we do. Trust me. It’s [just] a matter of calling them,” Cassidy said.