Claude Julien, Brad Marchand call out Henrik Lundqvist for embellishing: 'He must've got hit with a cement block'

Scott McLaughlin
November 27, 2015 - 12:13 pm
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If the Bruins hadn't come back Friday afternoon, it would have been a tough loss to swallow. Not coming back would've meant that the Rangers' winning goal would've come on a power play they shouldn't have had. With 12:01 remaining and the game tied 2-2, Brad Marchand drove to the front of the net as Adam McQuaid put a shot on goal from the point. Marchand made a little bit of contact with Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and Lundqvist reacted with a delayed flop to the ice. The referee called Marchand for goaltender interference, which may have been a bit of a soft call, but there was contact, so you can at least understand that. What's hard to understand, though, is how Lundqvist didn't get called for embellishment. Worst-case scenario for the Bruins should've been matching minors. Instead the Rangers got a power play and then scored on it to take a 3-2 lead. After the game, the Bruins didn't hide their frustration with the no-call, and with Lundqvist himself. "I was upset when it first happened. I think this was the second time -- in preseason Lundqvist did the same thing," Claude Julien said. "I know he does some acting on the side, but I don't think it needs to be on the ice. "Referees are there to protect goaltenders, and they should, but goaltenders shouldn't take advantage of referees. He may think it's a good play for his team to get a power play, but we're all trying to get that out of our game. If my guys do that, I'm going to address it. I'm not hypocritical about that. We're trying to improve the game here." Marchand, who has embellished more than once himself in the past, also didn't appreciate Lundqvist's behavior. "He must've got hit with a cement block the way he went down," Marchand said. "I didn't know I was that strong. It's tough. It seems like they don't call goalies on that one. Maybe they should. There's a lot of that around the league." Fortunately for the Bruins, the no-call and ensuing power-play goal didn't cost them the game. Ryan Spooner tied the game with 3:46 to go and then David Krejci scored what proved to be the game-winner with 1:43 remaining. "We didn't get all rattled and thrown off our game," Julien said. "We just stuck with it. It was frustrating to see them score on that, but at the same time it was up to us to keep our heads there."

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