Sutter fine with decision

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- No harm. No foul. No penalty. No problem.

An elbow to the head of Canada's Steve Downie behind the play as Kyle Chipchura scored the winning goal into an empty net to beat the U.S. 3-2 on New Year's Eve did not result in a suspension to American Jack Johnson.

Canadian coach Brent Sutter has no problem with that.

"It wasn't a match penalty,'' he said.

"They reviewed the tape, and we knew before the end of the Finland-Switzerland game which followed ours that there was not going to be a suspension.

"I'm fine with it.''

What Sutter was more than fine with was the way the Canada-U.S. game was called as the IIHF finally got the message through to the officials that they weren't supposed to call a "zero tolerance'' don't-dare-breathe-on-anybody game as they were calling previously in the tournament.

"It changed dramatically. Not just in our games, but in all the games. It had to,'' he said.

The way the games were being called definitely affected the style Canada plays. But that is only part of it, says Sutter.

"It affected the game as a whole. We all saw that.''

He said he's confident the officiating will be the same as it was for Canada-U.S. the rest of the way.


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