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Panthers’ coach Dineen rips officials after loss to Penguins

Feb 22, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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Florida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen apparently didn’t like the officiating in Friday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he let his feelings known.

Dineen ripped into the officials, particularly when it came to the Penguins’ second goal – off the stick of defenseman Matt Niskanen – in the early stages of the third period. Here’s a quick timeline of events: Panthers winger Tomas Kopecky was called for slashing Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Shortly after the ensuing power play ended, Niskanen scored to give Pittsburgh its first lead of the hockey game.

The Penguins went on to win 3-1.

According to Miami Herald sports report George Richards, Dineen was upset because earlier in the game Penguins’ forward Chris Kunitz escaped the wrath of the officials for whacking Florida goalie Jacob Markstrom, yet Kopecky was called for a similar infraction, leading to the winning goal.

“It’s frustrating, certainly when the game was decided on the tempo and that penalty was big at the end,” Dineen told the Miami Herald, “especially since there was a non-call for us when a guy attacks Gudbranson after a clean hit. And then they score a goal when they whack at our goalie three times.

“Our guy goes down and he doesn’t blow the whistle. It’s a tough one to take, but that’s the nature of it. You have to understand where your place is and just go out and play the game.”

 

  1. z561 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    It was an awful call but the Pens were the far better team and deserved to win. Markstrom is a beast in net though.

  2. Stiller43 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    That certainly didnt sound like “ripping” to me….

    It he watched the game, the better team won. But i can understand his frustration.

  3. mclovinhockey - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    What do you expect. The lens have the luckiest streak with the refs. I think since 06 the refs have seemed to favour the pens more often than not.

    • killerpgh - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      That must explain why the Flyers lead the NHL in power play opportunities last year with 335 chances on the PP while the Penguins “only” had 289 chances. Thanks for clearing that up…

      • tackledummy1505 - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        You pens fans are in denial. Since it’s been the Penguins who’ve head hunted the Flyers more often then not. Plus to add to your idiotic ways, hockeywithdraw since your so bias and you don’t go one way or not, the Flyers in the last 30 years have either been 1, 2, or 3 highest team in the league with PK min. Yes the Flyers are also 1-5 in Powerplay as well in the last 20 years but hey the refs can’t make it seem that obvious that they’re going to call it one way. The Penguins on the other hand have been one of the least penalized teams in the league. I guess it’s because they’re so disciplined lol. Hey don’t worry the Penguins will always be famous in my mind for the dive (crosby) that won you all a Stanley Cup. Everyone knows the NHL’s boys are the Penguins, it’s why Matt Cooke has gotten away with so much crap the last decade lol

      • tackledummy1505 - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        You pens fans are in denial. Since it’s been the Penguins who’ve head hunted the Flyers more often then not. Plus to add to your idiotic ways, hockeywithdraw since your so bias and you don’t go one way or not, the Flyers in the last 30 years have either been 1, 2, or 3 highest team in the league with PK min. Yes the Flyers are also 1-5 in Powerplay as well in the last 20 years but hey the refs can’t make it seem that obvious that they’re going to call it one way. The Penguins on the other hand have been one of the least penalized teams in the league. I guess it’s because they’re so disciplined lol. Hey don’t worry the Penguins will always be famous in my mind for the dive (crosby) that won you all a Stanley Cup. Everyone knows the NHL’s boys are the Penguins, it’s why Matt Cooke has gotten away with so much crap the last decade lol

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Thanks for the whining….the Flyers lead the entire league in penalties because they’ve earned them, they are a young, undisciplined, dirty team. The refs are on to them. I was actually pleased to see last week during the Pens game that the refs were actually calling their crap, outside of Couturier’s cross-checks on Malkin.

      The Pens need to actually need to work on their discipline when it comes to retaliation, also. They’ve taken a lot of penalties this year for that. So….I don’t think I’d call that “lucky”.

  4. btlpper68 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I can understand his frustration but if your getting outplayed you
    Can’t expect to catch a break, the pens were pressing much of the game and got
    A break. The better team tonight won.

  5. btlpper68 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I can understand his frustration but if your getting outplayed you
    Can’t expect to catch a break, the pens were pressing much of the game and got
    A break and won

  6. ironman721 - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    What about Jeffrey’s goal? Did the refs place that puck in the net for the Pens too? Maybe he should try coaching curling? 😿!

  7. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    There were large stretches of that game where the Pens held the puck in the offensive zone for ridiulous periods of time…and even changed forwards WHILE they were holding the puck in the zone. I’d have been frustrated too, but not at the officials.

    There’s a difference between poking at a puck under a goalie when the play isn’t dead and ramming your stick directly into the stomach of the goalie…Kunitz was pushing UNDER the goalie…Kopecky was whacking the GOALIE because he didn’t know where the puck was. I thought it was hilarious that MAF was about to whack him with his goalie stick afterward…I’d have LOVED to see that one. But, I’d give them this, the play was not whistled dead at that point…so who knows.

  8. mclovinhockey - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Ummm every fan in the league who saw pens vs Philly knows how the pens are the dirtier team. Malkin is a spearing machine. He should have been suspended several times, so should Sid with his slew footing but the league favours them. All facts

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