Bruce didn’t care for last night’s officiating by Dan O’Rourke and Ian Walsh.
“Some of the worst calls I’ve seen in a friggin’ long time. A game of this importance, we can’t have officiating making calls like that. I mean, there’s three penalties that weren’t penalties.”
“Granted, they scored and probably sour grapes because they scored, but those things can’t happen. It’s too important. There’s too much at stake for everyone not coming to do their jobs.”
“Everybody makes mistakes. But if we’re busting our ass all night long and playing our fifth game in seven nights. I mean, we need it better. I mean, from them…I don’t know what their schedule is, if it’s four nights in a row or what have you. But we can’t have that. Just bad calls. I haven’t paid too much attention to whether they deserved their calls…”
“What it does is it gets everybody frustrated on the bench and then they lose their focus, start yelling at the referees. The referees start yelling back, and so the focus on the game is gone and it’s a big part of it.”
Bruce Boudreau referred to the first period call on Luca Sbisa and the second period calls on Niklas Hagman (tripping) and Nick Bonino (interference).
First, I am disappointed Boudreau didn’t use the word “fuck”. After HBO’s 24/7 and his profanity laced reputation, I expect at least one fuck. “Friggin”? Fuck off. Minimal point for use of the word “ass”, which of course the Orange County Register changed to “(rearend)” although it is supposed to be “rear-end”.
Second, the Anaheim Ducks held and interfered their way through parts of the first and most of the third period. I am pretty sure Jeff Carter was tackled near center ice in the third.
Finally, when Boudreau allows his team to get frustrated, yell at the referee and lose its focus, he is the idiot not doing his job. I am not saying just stand there and look frozen in time, but there is a fine line between stoic and stick tossing. What Bruce Boudreau should have done is take a page out of Tom Webster’s coaching dictionary and pick a fight with an L.A. Kings player…like Kyle Clifford. Oh, the fun that would have ensured.
You may wonder with what part of Bruce’s statements I actually agree. He also said this.
“Our special teams were horrible. I mean we can’t kill a penalty and we can’t score a goal on the powerplay.”
So fucking stipulated.