Alexander Semin and Dennis Wideman scored 4-on-4 goals to make it 2-2 at 6:48 and 3-2 at 7:16, respectively. They were the seventh and eight goals given up by the Jackets in 4-on-4 situations. The Blue Jackets have scored one 4-on-4 goal. It is but one of many parts of their game that is lacking, but it was the difference tonight.
After the game, Blue Jackets coach Arniel acknowledged the 4-on-4 goals hurt, but seemed unaware of his team’s poor record in such situations.
“Have you noticed that we’ve been beaten up 4 on 4, goals against?” Arniel asked in response to a reporter’s question. “I don’t think so. I’ll go and show you the stats on that. That hasn’t been a problem for us. It was tonight.”
When a reporter pointed out that the Blue Jackets have been outscored 8-1 in 4-on-4 situations, Arniel said “Is that what it is? Oh, OK. I guess you guys have all the answers and you’re just waiting to jump. I guess we’ll have to work on that.
“So just keep piling on. Whatever you want. Just keep piling on.”
With that, Arniel left the podium, ending his postgame session with the media.
The size of the fine indicates exactly how much it hurt them and you know what they say about the truth. It hurts.
I find fault with nothing that Torts said. He was spot on and I'm glad he had the balls to come out and speak about officiating. I don't know if there's a conspiracy because I loathe to countenance conspiracy theories as a rule, but the quality of officiating is **** league wide.
Good on Torts. I mean with the 1-3-1 debacle NBC was pushing earlier (no coincidence here, against the Flyers AKA NBC's team) it's pretty obvious that's what it was. Looking to 'improve their business' so to say.
I can't disagree one bit with what Torts said. It's apparently obvious to every hockey fan out there that the officiating in hockey is disgusting and a sham in a number of cases. It's one thing to make a mistake as a ref but to compound it with a bogus make-up call is worse and we've all seen them. We've also seen games where one team has a big lead and the refs are calling penalty after penalty on the winning team trying to manipulate the score. I hate to think there's a conspiracy theory in hockey but many times I'm finding myself wondering nowadays and I've been watching hockey for 45 years now...(geez, now I feel old!)
The man said everything that we have all been thinking for years. The league can't suffer a conspiracy theory though. I don't mind the fine and I applaud Torts for speaking what was on his mind. Everyone who watched that game saw some awfully manipulative officiating.
I'm glad to see a respected coach like Torts call out the league officiating. Seems the coaches, players, and fans all realize that the officiating is crap. The league just protects their own. In all fairness a $30K is nothing for someone making Torts salary and can help draw some attention to the problem. Maybe the league will do something about it.....I doubt it.