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Jim Montgomery Voices Concerns About the NHL in a Recent Statement

Published December 17, 2023 at 7:36 PM

The showdown between the dominant teams from the Eastern Conference occurred on Saturday evening as the Boston Bruins competed against the New York Rangers. Although the Rangers claimed victory with a 2-1 score, the game was not without its controversies.

The main point of disagreement arose when David Pastrnak, a key player for the Bruins, was expelled from the game for a collision with Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren. Lindgren, visibly hurt, attended to the aftermath with a towel, a moment that Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery believes swayed the officials' judgment.

Expressing astonishment, Montgomery remarked, "I thought it was two minutes," highlighting the perceived shoulder contact and the unfortunate injury that influenced the decision.

Montgomery says he was «very surprised» Pastrnak got 5 and a game. Didn't think the hit was from behind. Says other hits that were more from behind, like on Marchand recently, weren't 5.

This feeling extends beyond the coaching personnel, reverberating in the social media criticism from former NHL defenseman Marc Methot. Methot raised doubts about players' capacity to shield themselves during routine actions of retrieving the puck, initiating a discussion regarding the officials' accuracy in their decisions. Feel free to voice your opinions in the comments section.

Source: Bruinsinsider
December 17   |   137 answers
Jim Montgomery Voices Concerns About the NHL in a Recent Statement

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