PITTSBURGH — A couple of NHL referees called foul on Bryan Murray yesterday.
After the Senators GM complained to NHL director of officiating Terry Gregson and then publicly on Tuesday about the fact the club hasn’t had power plays in three games this season — including Monday’s 2-0 home loss to the Bruins — a couple of referees spoke out to sportsnet.ca.
“It strikes me as something where (Murray) is not having as much success as he wants, so maybe it’s not his fault. Maybe it’s our fault,” referee Mike Leggo told the website. “Take the blame off his players. Try and shift the focus, try and get the next break.”
Leggo added there is no one out to get Ottawa.
“There’s no animosity toward any particular team. I think it is a ridiculous assertion that we have anything to do with it,” said Leggo.
Veteran referee Paul Devorski also chimed in.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Bryan,” said Devorski. “And (coach Cory) Clouston? He’s fairly quiet when I’ve had him. I’ve had a few instances where we’ve spoken, I’ve explained why something was called, and he says, ‘Thanks very much.’
“He’s pretty intense, but he’s not a screamer. Why would we go after him?”