Bruce Cassidy fined $25,000 as Bruins-Islanders series gets heated
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The deeper the playoff run, the harder it is to harness your emotions.
The deeper the playoff run, the harder it is for a team to harness its emotions.

This tense second-round series between the Bruins and Islanders has proven that heading into Game 6 on Wednesday night at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders lead the series 3-2 and, with a win, would advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals against the Lightning, who knocked off the Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The Islanders and Bruins have both come so close to winning it all in the past three seasons that they will do and say anything to pull this series in their favor. That can happen when a team has watched Lord Stanley get handed over to its opponents, as the Bruins did in 2019, or when it has lost in the conference finals to the eventual champions, as the Islanders did in 2020.

Still, the team on the other bench is always going to take exception to any snide remarks or attempt to influence the perception of the series. And, so will the NHL.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was fined $25,000 on Tuesday for his critical comments regarding the officiating during his postgame press conference following the Islanders' 5-4 win in Game 5 on Monday night. After his team, which had the…
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