The morning after the night before didn't soften Craig MacTavish's stance on the blown call by referee Mick McGeough that cost the Edmonton Oilers at least a point in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.
While MacTavish's comments resulted in a $10,000 fine from the NHL head office yesterday afternoon, MacTavish wasn't of the mind in the morning to back-off his criticism of the official in question -- much of it stinging and personal.
"You know what I'm like. I'm honest," MacTavish said after the Oilers skated at Bill Hunter Arena.
"I think the situation and the circumstance was fairly self-evident. I said what I said because of the way I felt. I still feel that way. I don't have too many regrets. I'm not trying to candy-coat anything."
MacTavish's post-game comments Friday included:
-- "I can't help but think, it's a product of his feeling like he's the show out there."
-- "There were 17,000 other people who wondered why Mick McGeough was having a spastic attack down there in that end."
-- "We lost a lot because of bizarre Mick McGeough making a retarded call."
NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell acknowledged McGeough's mistake in a call to GM Kevin Lowe after the game and did so again yesterday, but still slapped MacTavish with the fine.
As for McGeough, a senior referee who worked the Stanley Cup final between the Oilers and Carolina last spring, any discipline he might receive will be meted out behind closed doors, as has always been the case. Most often, it's a reprimand that results in an official not working the playoffs, which is considered a plum job.
"The NHL acknowledges the fact that referee Mick McGeough made the wrong call on a play late in the game, which he later admitted to the media following the game," Campbell said in a prepared statement.
"While the NHL regrets the missed call, Craig MacTavish's comments after the game regarding the call were totally inappropriate and crossed the line."
MacTavish says it's time to move on.
"I respect the fact he admitted his mistake and was fairly apologetic about it," MacTavish said of McGeough. "We're moving on. There's no satisfaction in dwelling on it."