Saturday, March 26, 2011
Never play golf with Claude Julien
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- To err is human. But when an NHL referee clearly makes a mistake, he’s called everything but human.
New York’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Bruins Saturday afternoon at TD Garden came under scrutiny by Boston coach Claude Julien as soon it was scored by the Rangers’ Derek Stepan at 6:39 of the first period.
On the play prior to the whistle that led to an offensive zone face off for the Rangers, it was clear New York was off sides, but it was not called. Then, on the ensuing face off, the Rangers’ Vaclav Prospal jumped into the circle early, collected the puck and dropped it back to defenseman Michael Sauer. His shot from the point was tipped past Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask for what turned out to be the only goal of the game.
“It’s unfortunate the only goal that was scored maybe was a little bit of a controversial goal, but we had lots of opportunities to make up for it,” Julien said.
After the goal Julien was livid on the bench, and when asked after the game whether or not he was arguing the non-off-sides call, or the face off, Julien said both.
“It was a missed off-sides,” Julien said. “They make mistakes, but then the guy jumps in and passes it to the point, so it should have been blown down. At one point there’s one mulligan, but I didn’t feel like they needed two.”
Rask said he wasn’t concerned with any non-calls in the game.
“No matter what, [Stepan] made a good tip,” Rask said.