NEW YORK -- Rangers coach John Tortorella was not pleased with the officiating after the Rangers lost 2-1 to the Lightning on Sunday, criticizing the officials for a penalty that led to a 5-on-3 advantage for the Lightning and the game-winning goal.
“I just wish the league would stay out of it and let the teams decide it,” Tortorella said. “It’s bull. There’s too much at stake here.”
Tortorella was ticked about the boarding call against Dan Girardi early in the third period, calling the penalty “a simple guess.” Of course, that penalty was compounded when just 53 seconds later Brian Boyle was penalized for a delay of game for clearing the puck over the glass.
The 5-on-3 advantage led to Tampa Bay’s winning goal with 17:20 remaining when Vincent Lecavalier beat Henrik Lundqvist. Tampa Bay was 0-for-5 when it had a 5-on-4 advantage.
“We gave them nothing on 5-on-4 and we get beat on a 5-on-3,” Tortorella said. “And it starts with a bad call.”