NHL: this player is ready to pay a fine by criticizing the arbitration
Once again this year, the quality of officiating is being questioned by many during the Stanley Cup playoffs and Minnesota Wild forward Marcus Foligno has added his voice to the chorus of protests, Sunday.
The veteran was unimpressed with the work of officials Kevin Pollock and Garrett Rank in a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars in Game 4 of a first-round series now tied at 2-2. incidentally visited the dungeon on two occasions during the evening.
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His initial visit to the penalty box was the result of an obstruction at the expense of Jani Hakanpaa late in the first period. The Wild player protested the verdict, which had no consequences for the rest. However, he further decried the penalty awarded to him in the third period, a penalty that led to the decisive goal. Referees punished him for tripping Mason Marchment; on the other hand, on the sequence, Foligno tries to avoid the Stars' color carrier who is about to cross-check him in the face.
“It's a joke, it makes no sense,” he shouted at a press briefing. I'm going to hit a guy with the puck: it's not obstruction. Then I skate and get a high stick. There should be no penalty when you defeat a rival legally. It's bullshit,” he said.
Double weight, two measures
Mentioning that he had not received an explanation regarding the interpretation of the officials, the winger slammed the arrogant attitude of the two officials, only visibly worried about being fined by the National Hockey League for his comments. Public criticism of referees is indeed subject to financial penalties.
“The physical aspect of the game must be discussed [in the league]. I think it's bad right now, considered the skater. It's playoff hockey. You hit a guy and it's not illegal. Then you do the same thing and we send you to the bench.”
The fifth duel of the series will take place on TVA Sports 2 on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Texas.