The Winnipeg Jets’ tendency to trail by large margins only to claw all the way back has made the early part of the 2016-17 campaign an emotional roller coaster for fans, players and, no doubt, the coaching staff.
With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why Jets coach Paul Maurice would be a bit wound up after Thursday’s loss to the Washington Capitals.
The Jets were staring down a 3-0 deficit before goals from Toby Enstrom, Adam Lowry and Marko Dano helped Winnipeg level the score in the third period, but that only set up for the Capitals to pick up the win on an Alex Ovechkin power play blast following a questionable too many men penalty against Winnipeg. And Maurice let his feelings about the penalty be known following the game.
Asked if the penalty was “hard to swallow,” Maurice fired back without mincing his words. His full answer is at the 1:40 mark of the video:
“It was horse s—-, so that would be hard to swallow,” Maurice said. “But I can’t blame the referees on it because the linesman called it, which is important — that he involved himself in the game that point. I don’t think it was too many men on the ice. I don’t even think it was that close.”
It’s understandable why Maurice would be frustrated and it’s an incredibly tough call to make, especially when it decides a game that a team fought so hard in the final period to get back into. That said, it’s, uh, kind of tough to argue with the photographic evidence that the Jets jumped the gun sending out Enstrom and Patrik Laine to replace Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler.
Maurice’s comments might not be the end of this whole situation, though. The NHL usually doesn’t take too kindly to criticism of the officials, so there’s a definite possibility that Maurice could be seeing a fine for letting the profanity fly.
(Line change photo via Reddit)
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