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Habs believe Jets got away with infractions on Gallagher

Feb 2, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

The Montreal Canadiens are puzzled that the Winnipeg Jets weren’t penalized late in Sunday’s game during this exchange with Brendan Gallagher:

By Habs head coach Michel Therrien’s count, the Jets could have been penalized five times during that final minute incident with Gallagher,’s Arpon Basu reports. No call was made, however, as the Jets held on for a 2-1 win.

Gallagher, 21, didn’t even answer questions after the game, but Josh Gorges did the venting for him.

“I don’t know if there’s a grudge or something,” Gorges told reporters including the Montreal Gazette’s Brenda Branswell. “That’s not the difference (today). It’s just a frustrating end to the game.”

Here’s full video of Gorges’ comments:

  1. mp1131211 - Feb 2, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Well the blatant trip at the end was the most obvious.

    • hockey412 - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      I agree it was obvious, but I really think they were suspecting diving and weren’t going to put both players in the box. Gallagher is a good player, a tough one too, but his game doesn’t lend itself to the refs calling much against him (constantly flopping on the opposing team’s goaltender and other agitations). Reminds me of Marchand a good bit.

  2. terrier92 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Typical Habs whinning. How many gift calls do you get in the Belle Centre. Karma lol

  3. bolts1 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Karma strikes! I’m sure they had no problem with the way Prust made out with his get together with Bishop yesterday. Nothing but whiners, upset they didn’t get the call they’ve come to expect at home.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    I’m a Leafs fan and I am utterly mystified that there was no interference call. Amazing. We’ll of course never know if they would have tied it up on the power play, but fair is fair, eh.

  5. thesportsjudge - Feb 2, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Maybe Montreal will open an investigation?

    • joey4id - Feb 2, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Yes! I believe they have hired Ottawa Sens owner and his forensic team investigating Cookiegate. :-)

  6. mrminkus - Feb 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Boo Hoo, cry me a river!
    Hey, how about the dive Briere took to send Thorburn to the penalty box? Don’t hear the Jets cry about that.
    Something Therrien and the Habs just haven’t figured out. No one likes divers and whiners. Including the officials.
    BTW, does anyone actually believe the Habs would have scored on a PP anyway?

  7. ribs108 - Feb 2, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Perhaps it was the embellished ‘trip’ at the end of the sequence that convinced the refs not to call anything. I think I last saw an attempted escape like that in Hallowe’en III or IV.

  8. mrminkus - Feb 2, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    After further review of the incident, I think Gallagher should have been called for goaltender interference…. and diving!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      In a question entirely unrelated to this game, are you from Winnipeg? If so, did you go to Princess Margaret Elementary?

  9. sjsharks66 - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    The refs are terrible. There needs to be some sort of punishment to refs who miss at least 4 penalties in the span of 10 seconds. Embarrassing!

  10. dasboat - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Montreal played an incredibly dirty game against Tampa Bay yesterday. They’ve got a lot of nerve complaining about anything.

    • lightning69 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      Thanks for noticing about Tampa game. How fittingly hypocritical. Wish they would save that crap for teams like Boston or Ottawa. The Bolts don’t have that kind of game and aren’t looking for one.

      Tampa’s only consistent checker is Gudas, but he plays clean. Besides Prust spearing Bishop…For Parros to carry this crap over from last year (when Parros was a Panther no less)….still gunning for Gudas is ridiculous. Especially since last years hit (clean) shows Parros wrapping his skates around Gudas’ head as he was checked into the bench. Still pissed no one made a bigger deal of how dangerous that was.

      Think Malone or Gudas gets a locker room visit from Montreal’s finest if they speared Price in the nuts during a timeout?

  11. sabatimus - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:01 PM


  12. ready4jets - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Oh, even a jets fan can admit normally there would be an interference call there. Maybe it’s because Montreal is always diving that they didn’t get the call. Look at Briere flopping around earlier in the game on Thorburn’s “interference” call The refs go into the locker room in the intermission and see that, then Habs fans are shocked that they don’t get calls. It baffles me.

  13. 2qswing - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Officiating this year in general has been awful. It is amazing to me with 4 guys on the ice what is missed. Add the maddening linesmen who apparently want more face time on TV who WONT DROP THE PUCK, cause false starts and then have the nerve to throw a guy out. Drop the d****
    puck and get out of the way.

  14. stratomaticfan - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Inconsistency of officials is obvious. But the Habs should stop yapping. They’re traditionally at the top of the League in penalties drawn….and it’s not because they have the most talent or are the best team. They’re still living off of the past and the League doesn’t want them to become irrelevant (any more than their play has made them).

  15. beyor35 - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Most teams have a player like that and they don’t get the benefit of the doubt… All could have been called including his great dive at the end there…

  16. bruins4ever - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    yes I’m a Bruins fan, this is the same as Marchand not “getting” calls going his way from some Ref’s. Gallager is known for bumping into the goalie then when he gets pushed out (which he knows is coming) he flops down like he’s been shot. This worked and still does sometimes, but the good ref’s know what’s happening and lets them play on.
    Get use to it, and I find it hilarious that Gorges has to come to his rescue and whine and whine, because Brendan is to upset to talk. What does he think his act should last for his whole career.

    He will still get some calls, but there will be more days like this, and let the Hab organization whine some more.

  17. avfanforlife - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Any hockey fan (with the exception of Habs fans of course) watches that replay and has to laugh. The jets REALLY didn’t want him to leave the zone in any sort of hurry! Loved the last hit before the blue line at the end… Penalty? I’d have to agree that they could have called one. Almost felt sorry for the poor guy just trying to get onsides! :) All the Booing made it that much more funny to watch!

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