Bruce Cassidy Lets It Rip On Referees, 'New York Saints' After Frustrating Game 5 Loss
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Bruce Cassidy dipped his toes into the water of criticizing the officiating after Game 4. But after Game 5? He went with a cannonball off the high dive.
By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — On Saturday evening, Bruce Cassidy dipped his toes into the water of criticizing the officiating in the Bruins-Islanders playoff series.

On Monday night, he went with a cannonball off the high dive, letting his emotions out after a frustrating 5-4 loss to the Islanders in which New York scored three power-play goals.

Cassidy was asked about the officiating in the game — during which Boston got just two power plays and outshot New York 44-19 — and he didn't hold back.

Here's what Cassidy said in his postgame press conference:

I think what happens — OK, so this is my take on it. We're playing a team that has a very respected management, coaching staff, they've won a Stanley Cup, so … . But I think they sell a narrative over there that it's more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders. You know, they play hard and they play the right way. But I feel we're the same way. And calls, the exact calls that are getting called on us do not get called on them. And I don't know why. These are very good officials. They're at this point in the season for a reason. You've got continuous high sticks every game. The exact same high sticks. [Patrice Bergeron] with [Brock] Nelson behind the net. The one that comes up on [Craig] Smith, [Brad Marchand] got called for that in Game 1. I could go on and on — [Chris Wagner] the other day in front of the net. Maybe we need to sell them more, flop. But that's not us. You just hope they'd see them. I mean the same calls go against us. So it's not like I'm sitting there going, 'Well, every call against us sucks.' It's not true. It's just at the end of the day, the similar plays, they need to be penalized on those plays. But like I said, I think they've done a great job selling that narrative that they're clean. They play hard. A hard brand of hockey. I love the way they play. But they commit as many infractions as we do. Trust me. So it's just a matter of calling them. So that's…
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