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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Julien says crosschecks deserved penalties

By James Murphy

BOSTON -- The first two games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Bruins and Capitals has been a lot more physical than many expected. That has been the key to the Capitals being able to bring the series back to Washington tied at two games a piece after a 2-1 double overtime win in Boston on Saturday afternoon.

But are the Capitals crossing a line and getting away with some dirty plays? In Game 1, David Krejci needed stitches above his lip for what he said was an uncalled crosscheck.

On Saturday, after watching Washington's Alexander Ovechkin hit defenseman Dennis Seidenberg high in a first-period scrum and not get sent to the penalty box, Bruins coach Claude Julien voiced some frustration with the referees and said he hopes the league steps in.

“This is the second crosscheck in two games,” Julien pointed out. “Krejci got cut below the nose by the crosscheck in Game 1, and now that one, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it except that there’s no call on it. Whether they missed it or not, it could be. Then the league has a second opportunity to review it, and you’ve got to let them do their jobs.

"But those hits to me are extremely dangerous things that we keep talking about wanting out of the game, and I’ve seen suspensions from that before. We’ll the let the league take care of it, and we’ll focus on what we have to do to win next game.”

Seidenberg seemed fine after the game and did not share his coach's outrage. As far as he’s concerned, it’s playoff hockey and there will be more of that to come as this series moves to Washington for Games 3 and 4.

“Stuff like that happens so it’s for the refs to call and I don’t really care,” Seidenberg said. “It’s a tight game and I think worse things have to happen for them to call it.”

Seidenberg has been doing a good job of frustrating Ovechkin, who got his first point of the playoffs by assisting on Troy Brouwer’s second-period goal, but credited Ovechkin for playing hard.

“It’s just about us shutting him down and playing him tight and not giving him any opportunities,” Seidenberg said. “He was on his game today. He skated hard and we did our best to try and stop him."