BOSTON -- Beyond the league’s attempts to eliminate head hits, the NHL's fill-in disciplinarian wants the shenanigans -- like the ones that occurred at the end of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final -- to disappear.
“I will be speaking with both general managers and coaches before the day's over about the crap that we are seeing, the garbage that is going on [and] some of the issues,” said Mike Murphy, the NHL’s senior VP of hockey operations.
Nine game misconduct penalties were called, all over the final 14 minutes of Monday’s 8-1 Bruins victory. That’s not counting the game misconduct Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome received for his first-period check that left Boston’s Nathan Horton with a severe concussion. In total, there were 145 minutes worth of penalties.
Bruins coach Claude Julien, who chastised his players for taunts in Game 3, expects the series to return to some form of normalcy in Game 4.
“What you see with the extra pushes and shoves after whistles are things you see in the playoff finals with the intensity,” Julien said. “The referees have done a pretty good job of controlling that. I don't see an issue there.”
Murphy has stepped in for the league’s normal disciplinarian, Colin Campbell. He had to recuse himself from the series since his son, Gregory, plays for the Boston Bruins. Kris King, another member of the hockey operations staff, has also been involved in policing the finals, Murphy said.
Canucks defenseman Sami Salo said while things may have devolved late in Monday’s rout, he doesn’t think officials have lost control.
“All the three series that we played so far have been hard-fought,” Salo said. “Things happen all the time, so [it’s] nothing that crazy.”
-- A.J. Perez