If you had home ice advantage and were down 3-0 in the first round of the playoffs, you would surely be ticked off and unhappy.
The Vancouver Canucks, though, are taking that to a whole new level.
Defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who scored the goal that eliminated the Sharks in the Western Conference Finals two years ago, make several outlandish comments yesterday on Logan Couture and Joe Thornton (via The Globe and Mail):
Those are two Canadian guys who are supposed to play the game with integrity.
Thornton … he gets slashed, he takes his glove off sand shakes his hand. The ref takes a couple of seconds to look at that and makes a call. That’s a critical time in the game when we go down two men.
Couture has been snapping his head back. This isn’t my opinion. The evidence is in the video. Hank [Henrik Sedin] touches him off the faceoff, he does a full back arch and his glove goes flying off in the corner from getting this.
Bieksa then went on to demonstrate to reporters how Couture was embellishing.
“This,” he said, poking himself under the chin, “doesn’t make your glove come off – or arch your back.”
First of all, what was the need to mention that Canadians play the game with integrity? Sean Avery and Matthew Barnaby are Canadians, yet did they play the game with integrity? Plus, does that mean Americans and Europeans don’t necessarily have to play with integrity? There are all kinds of holes in that statement.
What’s more, Bieska actually demonstrated the so-called “embellishment” by the Sharks, showing the desperation in the air over Vancouver.
Whenever a team loses, you can bet that one of the first people they blame are the referees, which is normal. However, Bieksa’s comments and reactions after Game 3 were themselves guilty of embellishment.
Now, will the NHL fine Bieksa $25,000 for “attempting to influence officiating“?