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.”
-- A.J. Perez