The Boston Bruins are in a tough spot. It’s not necessarily a new scenario for them but they are facing elimination tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.
Bruce Cassidy had some choice words for the officials after the game regarding what’s called against the Bruins and how that differs from what’s called against the Islanders. He didn’t really want to say anything but he must have made the mental calculation that the fine was worth it since it seems when the officiating is criticized by other coaches, changes happen. I mean, it definitely worked for Craig Berube in 2019.
Final thought: Bruins obviously fell way short on penalty kill and in net, but holy shit that was some bad refereeing
— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) June 8, 2021
And it might just be one of the officials that has issues.
2020 playoffs: Rod Brind'Amour fined $25,000 for complaining about referee Francis Charron
2021 playoffs: Bruce Cassidy fined $25,000 for complaining about referee Francis Charron
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) June 8, 2021
That wasn’t the only fine assessed from Monday night: Nick Ritchie is less $5K for elbowing Scott Mayfield. Mayfield tends to be very annoying since he was the subject of DeBrusk’s cross-check and resultant fine.
Boston’s Nick Ritchie has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for Elbowing NY Islanders’ Scott Mayfield.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) June 8, 2021
As it has been for the past couple of games, the Bruins will have to play tonight without the services of Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller as well as Curtis Lazar who left Game 5 with a lower body injury. Miller has been out since the Capitals series and Carlo left game 3 with an upper body injury. Both of these players, especially Carlo, are key to the penalty kill which had perhaps it’s worst game on Monday night.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 8, 2021
Oh yeah, and Tuukka Rask may be out as well. That means Jeremy Swayman may start his first playoff game tonight.