Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy chirps officiating after win over Wild

Nov 23, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy reacts to a non-call by an official during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at the TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is a rare gem in today's sports world.

This is a man who just says whatever he wants to say. The message is sometimes measured a bit (sometimes for the sake of his own wallet and/or morale of his players), but it's tough to find another coach who says what he's thinking quite like Cassidy. And Cassidy was unapologetically himself following Saturday's wild (I hate this stupid pun) comeback win over Minnesota.

In a game that saw the Bruins sent to the penalty kill six times (Zdeno Chara's double-minor for high-sticking technically made it seven), the Bruins experienced a nearly 54-minute drought between power-play opportunities, and with no shortage of possible calls to be made in their favor along the way, according to Cassidy.

"There was a time there I thought, ‘Boy, [Tim] Peel and [Steve] Kozari are their two best players tonight,’" Cassidy cracked after the victory. "You know, you’re thinking in your head because I’ve never seen a game like that where you’re seven in a row when it’s a close game. Typically it’s the game gets out of hand, you’ve got roughing calls, you start acting goofy.

"But it seemed like there was stuff going on each way we got flagged for, but we got our calls at the end, same ones, trippings. That’s what we got nailed for early, so it came round to us."

Cassidy and Co. would end up having the last laugh, however, as Luke Kunin was called for a trip in the final two minutes of regulation, which allowed David Krejci to score the game-tying goal before Torey Krug called game in overtime.

Nevertheless, keep being you, Bruce.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.