Bryan's no lyin' king

Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray is not about to apologize for taking home two points...

Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray is not about to apologize for taking home two points against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. (Sun File/Tony Caldwell)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

OCALA, Fla. -- Senators coach Bryan Murray is steamed at St. Louis Blues president John Davidson.

In the wake of Ottawa's controversial 4-2 win on Tuesday night (with two apparent Blues' goals not counted), Murray told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "The whistle blew well before it went in the net. That happens every night in our league."

Davidson said: "Bryan Murray should think about telling the truth."

The Senators weren't about to apologize for taking home two points.

First, the Blues didn't get credit for a goal by Brad Boyes at 3:13 of the third because the game had already resumed before a replay official saw the puck cross the line. Then, with 2:18 left in the game, David Backes appeared to score, but referee Mick McGeough determined goalie Martin Gerber had the puck covered.

"I'm really disappointed that a comment was made about me 'telling the truth.' First of all, I haven't seen the goal that everybody is talking about and I don't think it's my job ... I don't referee the games and I don't make the calls," said Murray.

"(Davidson) had a video coach, a video goal judge in his own building and I didn't see the replay up above.

"For him to even imply that I have to agree with anything other than the referee ... if I second-guess the referee and his integrity, then I am reprimanded by the NHL.

"Sure, if there's a call in the game that we don't like, we're upset. If there's a goal that didn't count, we're upset. We've had some incidents over the course of this year we weren't very happy with, but we didn't go calling the coach or the manager of the team anything because we didn't get the call.

"I simply would be mad at the referee, call the league and complain and move on to the next guy. J.D. was a media guy and I listened to his commentary with the Rangers and I know he often said: 'Well, they got jobbed on that one and they'll just have to move on and play.' I'm not sure why my name was brought into it. We won the hockey game. That's all that matters to me."

Asked if he owed any apologies because his team won, Murray added: "I don't think any team has ever done that. The calls that screwed us up during the early part of the year, some of the things that happened that we weren't very happy with ... there was nobody feeling sorry for us. I'm not going to feel sorry for winning the hockey game."

Davidson said yesterday he reacted because he was given second-hand information that Murray declared the whistle had gone on both goals. Murray, in fact, told reporters he didn't see the Boyes goal and the whistle was blown on the Backes incident.

"I have a lot of respect for Bryan Murray and the Ottawa team," said Davidson. "This is an emotional game."

The Senators know they need a better effort tonight in Sunrise, Fla., against the Panthers. The Senators would love to pull four points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who face the Islanders tomorrow.

"We aren't happy with the way things went (in St. Louis)," said Senators winger Chris Neil. "The coach drew up a game plan and it's one thing to go out and play hard and stick to it, but we didn't have a solid effort from everyone -- we need that if we want to succeed in the playoffs."


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