The Bruins have won 58 percent of the draws through three games of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against Toronto.
In the aftermath of the Bruins taking a 2-1 series lead Monday night in Game 3, there was some talk about cheating on the draws, and center Tyler Bozak even admitted that the Bruins were just cheating better than him.
That led Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle Tuesday after practice to say “There were some things that were going on out there that we don’t agree with.”
Well, Bruins coach Claude Julien, when asked about Carlyle’s comments, decided to skip the diplomatic route and instead cast Carlyle in a child’s fable.
“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.
One can debate whether “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is the proper comparison here. But the message is clear. Julien’s hoping that Carlyle’s comments won’t influence the officiating in Game 4 Wednesday. There are few things better than an exchange of quips between coaches in the playoffs. We’ll see how these comments affect things on the ice, and if there’s a chance for more comparisons to child’s stories if this series goes on for a little while.