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BRUCE CASSIDY'S COMPLAINTS APPEAR TO HAVE WORKED AS NHL MAKES CHANGE FOR GAME 6

JUN 9, 2021  (9H22)      TIM TUCKER
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Despite the fact that he was fined $25,000 for his complaints about the refereeing in the Boston Bruins-New York Islanders second round playoffs series, the NHL appears to be listening to Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. According to Fluto Shinzawa, a Senior Writer with The Athletic, the league is making a change to the officials for game 6

"Gord Dwyer and Dan O'Rourke will be the referees for Bruins-Saints Game 6," said Shinzawa on Twitter.

The "Saints" would be the New York Islanders. This is a reference to Cassidy's comments following game 5 of the series which the Islanders won 5-4.

"But I think they sell a narrative over there that it's more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders," said Cassidy, referring to the Isles' coaching staff.

The referees for game 5 were Francis Charron and Francois St. Laurent, who have covered the bulk of games for the Bruins-NYI. It was Charron that seemed to particularly get under Cassidy's skin as he accused officials of making soft calls on the Bruins and letting the same things go when they were done by Islanders' players. Dwyer and O'Rourke, both of whom have more playoff experience than the previously mentioned officials, also covered game 2 of the Bruins-Islanders series.

Cassidy has been vocal about officiating since the playoffs started. Whether this change was made because the league agreed with his accusations, or they just wanted him to shut up about it, isn't known. Game 6 between the Bruins and Islanders takes place Wednesday night. New York leads the series 3-2.


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