May 7, 2013
Bruins coach Claude Julien takes swipe at Maple Leafs' Randy Carlyle
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Finally, some meat on the off-ice bones in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal between the Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.
Claude Julien took a bite out of his counterpart on Tuesday, when the Bruins coach wondered aloud why Randy Carlyle has been raising a stink with officials about his players, usually Tyler Bozak, getting thrown out of the faceoff circle.
“He is lobbying for some breaks on the faceoffs and it will be interesting to see whether the referees and the linesmen just do their jobs the next game and not worry about who is crying wolf,” Julien said, taking a swipe at Carlyle.
“I’ve heard a lot about faceoff issues, and I don’t know. I have looked a lot at the video too. Guys getting kicked out, not getting kicked out, when you lobby for something, it is because you are looking for a break the next game and that is what Randy is doing right now.”
Carlyle pulled aside linesman Shane Heyer before the third period started in Game 3 on Monday night for an explanation.
“There were some things that were going on out there that we don’t agree with,” Carlyle said before Julien talked to reporters. “Faceoffs are always a big part of any hockey game, and specifically when you are at home, you think that you would be afforded some of the staples of the opposition having to be down first.
“(Heyer) stated it supposed to be visitor down, home down, puck down and that clearly was not happening as per video. We will visit with them and talk about it. It is nothing dramatic, it is a small part of the game, but it can be a large part.”