Bruins’ Bruce Cassidy calls Islanders ‘New York Saints’ over lack of penalty calls

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is not proud of what number of penalties his workforce has been assessed within the Islanders collection.

After the Bruins misplaced to New York 5-4 on Monday, Cassidy stated throughout his postgame information convention that his counterparts have offered a story that they’re “extra just like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders,” in response to a video shared by NBC Boston.

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“They play arduous they usually play the fitting means, however I really feel like we’re the identical means and the calls, the precise calls which can be getting known as on us don’t get known as on them and I have no idea why. These are superb officers. They’re at this level within the season for a purpose,” Cassidy stated. “They play arduous. Arduous model of hockey. Love the way in which they play. However they commit as many infractions as we do, belief me. So it is only a matter of calling them.”

Cassidy stated through the convention that a number of excessive stick penalties have been known as towards the Bruins, and at a considerably increased price than the Islanders.

When requested about Cassidy’s remark, Islanders coach Barry Trotz responded, “You may need to ask him about that. Simply look the place we wound up through the yr, we have been the least penalized workforce throughout the entire yr so I do not know what that is about,” (in response to New York Submit reporter Mollie Walker).

Does Cassidy have some extent? Properly, on Monday, the Islanders have been known as for 2 penalties to Boston’s 4. The Bruins have been flagged for fewer penalties solely as soon as within the collection: in Recreation 4, a 4-1 Islanders win. General, Boston has been known as for 19 penalties to New York’s 15.

However the disparity in penalties should not be stunning, given how the 2 groups performed through the common season. Trotz’s Islanders have been known as for simply 136 penalties — 130 minor and 6 main — through the common season, the fewest within the league. Boston was known as for 209 — 194 minor and 15 main. That is good for the second-most within the NHL, behind solely the Lightning’s 214.

The Bruins have dropped two straight to the Islanders to fall behind 3-2 within the collection. They may head to New York on Wednesday for a probably decisive Recreation 6. Ought to Cassidy’s workforce win, the Recreation 7 matchup will return to Boston on Friday.

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