Murray sorry for (mis)conduct

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

SAN JOSE -- Bryan Murray will be back behind the Senators bench tonight at HP Pavilion.

There was no call from the NHL yesterday and, most certainly, no suspension for getting thrown out of Monday's 3-1 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim after getting into a jawing match with referee Wes McCauley late in the third period.

A frustrated Murray went to see McCauley after the game to find why he was tossed -- only the second time in his 27-year coaching career that's happened.

The league didn't really have any grounds to suspend Murray. He got into a heated argument with an official and there haven't been many cases where NHL coaches actually get tossed.

"It wasn't verbal abuse. I called him over to the bench and he wouldn't come over. I went like this," said Murray, putting his hand to his ear. "I was asking if 'I could call (him).' He thought I was trying to tell him I was going to call (NHL VP) Colin Campbell.

"And I said, 'That's why you threw me out? That's why you threw me out?' He said, 'You (didn't want) to talk to me.' I told him he threatened me (with ejection) a few times before he threw me out and that's why I was wanting to talk to him."

Unlike some GMs, Murray spends very little time on the phone to Campbell or director of officiating Stephen Walkom complaining about refereeing. Murray simply didn't like the way the game was officiated.

DIFFERENT BRAND

"It's tougher (hockey in the West) and they know that out here and the teams play accordingly," said Murray. "They seem to, and I may be wrong on this, be able to hold up a little more on the forecheck that we can in the East. I guess they tolerate a little more."

A frustrated Murray wound up taking an unsportsmanlike conduct, which gave the Ducks a 5-on-3 power play late in the third. Scott Niedermayer scored during the man advantage to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead and it was game over.

Not long after, Murray erupted and got tossed.

So, did McCauley over-react?

"Well, I don't know whether I did or he did," said Murray. "McCauley told me that it was tough both ways and we both should just play. Mike Fisher did bring his stick up and catch (Chris) Kunitz with it.

EMBARRASSING

"Kunitz turned around and cross-checked him in the chest. My whole complaint was that it should have been two minutes each. I stepped up on the bench and (McCauley) told me I embarrassed him by doing that. I said, 'Don't you think I feel embarrassed?' Because it does go both ways. I know I'm not allowed to stand up at the bench. I got two minutes I shouldn't have gotten and I put the players in a hole."

All Murray faces is a nominal fine. A report was filed with commissioner Gary Bettman's office and Bettman will make a decision.

STICKING WITH GERBER

Murray is going back to G Martin Gerber tonight against the Sharks. It will be Gerber's third straight start. "I thought he was really good (against the Ducks). I look at the goals that were scored on him and those were good goals," said Murray. "I thought he made some good stops. He was really poised and he gave us a chance. At this point, that's all we want." Gerber couldn't have done much on any of the Ducks' goals. "Definitely it's nice to get the chance," said Gerber. "I thought we were closer to getting a point than it looked like. Hopefully, we can get it done (tonight)."

BOOING ALFIE

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson isn't popular at the Honda Center. He was booed every time he touched the puck on Monday, just like he is in Toronto. Anaheim fans are still upset he shot a puck at Scott Niedermayer during last season's Stanley Cup final. "Dumb things happen with split decisions," said Niedermayer. "It's done with." But Niedermayer didn't mind the fans jeering Alfredsson. "It's nice that they have your back." Alfredsson has maintained it was an accident.


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