Quenneville explains lop-sided penalty calls

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:24 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver GM Mike Gillis had a little crow for his pre-Game 7 meal on Tuesday.

Gillis made a giant splash Monday when he gathered the media to complain about what he described as lop-sided officiating in the Western Conference quarterfinal series with Chicago.

He said the Canucks were being called for more penalties than Chicago and wondered why.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville had the answer -- that's the way it's been all year.

"My only comment is that we were the second-least penalized team in the NHL all year," said Quenneville. "That's my defence."

The 'Hawks were shorthanded just 255 times during the season. Only New Jersey, at 241, had to kill off fewer minors.

Vancouver, on the other hand, paraded to the penalty box all year. They were shorthanded 312 times, seventh-most in the NHL and not far off the league high of 327 (Montreal).


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