Claude Julien made sure to praise Brad Watson and Tim Peel, the referees in Game 5, for calling a good match. Their original call of an instigator penalty on Scott Walker was overturned by league disciplinarian Colin Campbell yesterday.
“What got lost in all of this is that before we started the third period, the referee came to our bench, addressed me, and acknowledged that he realized that [Jussi] Jokinen had given [Zdeno] Chara a cheap shot,” Julien said. “They had missed it, but some of their guys had seen it. All he asked is that we remain composed. He said, ‘We’ll take care of the rest.’ I have to trust the referees to do their job. And they did a great job. They don’t get enough credit most of the time. I think they did a great job. They handled the third period extremely well. My message to our team was, ‘Let’s stay composed. Let’s let the referees take care of the situation.’ They did. And they did a great job. They assessed a penalty they thought was deserving. After that, you’ve got to accept and respect the league’s decision, and you’ve got to move on. That’s what we’re going to do here.”
Peel was one of the referees (Mike Leggo was the other) who oversaw the Boston-Montreal match on April 18 involving Milan Lucic’s head shot to Maxim Lapierre. Lucic was originally given a 10-minute misconduct. But that was changed to a match penalty by the league after the game.