Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau was adamant about one thing following his team's 2-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets last night during Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series. They got screwed!
"They decided not to call it because we were already on the power play," Boudreau said. "It cost us the game."
This is how Boudreau explained the incident that took place between his star player Eric Staal and Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey. The incident occurred in the first period with the Wild already on a power play. Staal was without the puck in front of the Jets net when Morrissey delivered the high cross-check which knocked Staal to the ice. It hit the veteran forward right in the neck, which had him rushed to the bench in visible pain.
As you can guess from Boudreau's comments, Morrissey was not penalized on the play and it seems that it made all the difference in the Wild's 2-0 loss.
"I'm the tallest guy on the ice. He cross-checked me in the neck," Staal said, noting to TSN's Darren Dreger that the official did apologize to him after the contest for not making the call. "There's not much more you can say. Everyone saw it. I don't know how no one with stripes saw it."
While the referee's apology might be little consolation for Staal and his team, the league's department of player safety will have a look at the cross-check, which could result in a suspension for Morrissey. However, the defender does not believe he was at fault during the incident, and that it was completely accidental.
"He's a big guy, and my stick ended up getting up a little bit on him," Morrissey said. "I would never try to do that to anybody. I'm not a dirty player."
The next contest between the Wild and the Jets will take place on Friday, so the league's department of player safety will have plenty of time to review and discuss the hit.
"George Parros and company will go through their due process, they will look at this thing multiple times, in fact I am sure they already have, before deciding if it rises to the level of supplemental discipline. " explained Dreger after the game.
Morrissey is not known to be a dirty player indeed; he logged in 47 minutes in penalties during the regular season and has never been suspended in his two-year NHL career.
Already without Tyler Myers due to injury, losing Morrissey could deeply impact the Jets in Game 5...
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