NHL fines Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy $25K for criticizing officials

Mar 28, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Referee Mike Hasenfratz (2) skates towards Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy and the Boston bench after Boston had a goal disallowed during the third period of their 1-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL fined Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy $25,000 Tuesday for criticizing officials following the team’s playoff loss to the New York Islanders.

The Islanders defeated the Bruins 5-4 in Game 5 of the second-round playoff series on Monday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Cassidy said the teams both play tough, but the officials don’t see the Islanders as aggressors.

“This is my take on it: We’re playing a team that has a very well-respected management and coaching staff. But I think they sell a narrative over there that it’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders,” Cassidy said postgame. “They play hard and they play the right way, but I feel we’re the same way. And the exact calls that get called on us do not get called on them, and I don’t know why.”

Four penalties were assessed against the Bruins in Game 5, while the Islanders were called for two. New York converted its four power-play chances into three goals.

“They commit as many infractions as we do. Trust me. It’s a matter of calling them,” Cassidy said.

Also Tuesday, the NHL Department of Player Safety fined Bruins forward Nick Ritchie $5,000, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for elbowing Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield in the first period of Game 5. Officials did not call a penalty on the play.

Game 6 is set for Wednesday in Uniondale, N.Y.

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–Field Level Media