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Boucher 'very aware' of ref set to work Game 6

Posted on: May 25, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 3:58 pm
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher sounded like he’s not only going up against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight.

He also inferred that he’ll have an obstacle in stripes at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Boucher said he’s “very, very aware” that referee Eric Furlatt --- one of two refs set to call tonight’s game --- has called 24 penalties on the Bolts versus nine on the opposition in the four Tampa Bay games he’s worked this postseason.

“It has been a part of our discussions quite a few times in the last game, the last games we did have that particular ref,” Boucher said. “And it is lopsided, but the only thing we can control is what we do on the ice and hope that things will be fair like it is with everybody else.”

Furlatt, who Boucher never mentioned by name, called Game 2 of this series, a 6-5 Bruins victory. The Bolts were whistled for eight penalties --- two more than the Bruins --- and Boston converted on two of their six power-play chances.

“You want to ignore it, but you're right, after repetition, it is a concern,” Boucher said. “But we're planning on being strong mentally and forcing whoever is a ref to see that we're very disciplined.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:16 pm

Boucher 'very aware' of ref set to work Game 6

Yeah, how'd game 7 work out for ya huh?
You see those Bruins flying aorund the ice denying your bolts in their 1-3-1 alignment?
Yeah, you'll be going on to your second Stanley Cup alright, only if you go pay a visit to see the pictures from the one you won in 2004.
THAT was tough Bruin hockey that should've been played the whole series and i'll tell you this, the Bolts woke up the Big Bad Bruins and the Canucks better look out!
Latah Tampa Fans! and to you sdg I say "Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:11 am

Boucher 'very aware' of ref set to work Game 6

Have fun not making it to the Stanley Cup finals again Bruins. 38 Years and counting. The shame of Boston. The Lightning were built from scratch and in under two decades we will go for our 2nd Stanely cup after Friday nights win.  Contrarily, there are only two players in the Eastern Conference who were alive the last time Boston one the Stanley Cup.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 12:06 am

Boucher 'very aware' of ref set to work Game 6

Boucher's press conference was priceless!!! He said he was asked about the penalty gap w/ that ref earlier today & that he didn't bring it up
but he decided to say that the #'s must not lie. So the Bruins coach complains about the calls tonight & the planted Boston reporter
asks Boucher his response to the Bruins coach's statement. He grabs the scorecard & says, 'It looks like they had 5 power plays
& we had 4.'



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:29 pm

Boucher 'very aware' of ref set to work Game 6

Coaches should be censured for making comments on referrees before games.It's obvious why Boucher has done it and the league need to take a stern view.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:28 pm

Boucher 'very aware' of ref set to work Game 6

Ya about as unbiased as that crybaby bich of a coach=Boucher,Ya I am a Bruins fan, just stating that he is a crying ass that should keep that out of the media. At least if and I mean if my team loses, I can live with the fact they lost on the ice and not cry like a BITCH about the officials that are obviously missing calls BOTH ways. And by the way, by the looks of the calls BITCH Boucher is getting tonight I will bet he will not PRAISE the officials. Working the officials my ass, dont be an assclown like your idiot coach.

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:42 pm

Boucher 'very aware' of ref set to work Game 6

I can't believe it!  Other than money (the greatest motivator ever), why would the NHL EVER want to do something like that?!? (sarcasm) 

All the major sports cheat.  All of 'em.  Not every game, but a lot of them. My White Sox won in '05 because of it.  NCAA Football: Alabama beat a lot of teams in '09 because of it (just check the penalty situation and then watch the games - they went several GAMES without getting a holding call).  They tried, from the beginning, to lengthen the Sharks 'Hawks series last year.  And I don't even watch that much sports.

This idea that Donaghy and these European soccer refs were lone wolves is an absolute joke.

It's entertainment, folks.  Just hope they fix it FOR your team.  Or, your team is soooo much better than the other, like the 'Hawks and Sharks.

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:14 pm

Boucher 'very aware' of ref set to work Game 6

Hey<span style="color: #000000;"> masshole... if you want to be considered a team that is going to win because of the officials .. so be it ... He does not want to even it up .. but the made up shit has to stop ...u blow and so does your whole state

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:55 pm

Boucher 'very aware' of ref set to work Game 6

Well 2 more Penalties go against Boucher....  Maybe he shoulda kept his mouth shut.

Since: May 20, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:41 pm

Boucher 'very aware' of ref set to work Game 6

I definitely have to agree with this comment.  To an extent though.

I'll be the first to admit, I've really not caught much of this series, but hockey's very much like football in the sense that you could realistically call a penalty on almost every play.  With that said, it could just as easily mean that one team's more penalized than another and it's warranted, but when the ratio is 24 calls against to 9 calls for, that to me would seem as though that the coach has something to go on.

Last year, I know there's a ton of Pens fans on here, but during the playoffs, particularly the first round against Ottawa, I know that the pens seemed to get away with bloody murder sometimes.  The penalties in that series alone were 44-32, although not exactly an apples to apples comparison because Pitt clearly outmatched Ott last year, so it makes sense that Ott would take more penalties, but still, I'm not saying that the penalties should be even, but they should at least be closer than 24-9, as is the case with this ref. 

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