Brendan Gallagher did not have a special history with Pierre Lambert, not the hero of the series “Lance and Count”, but the referee number 37.
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“I probably have a history with every referee in the NHL, good game or bad game, I’m not the favorite,” Gallagher said.
Little No. 11 did nothing to increase his love for Lambert. He was penalized in the third period for tripping Elias Lindholm very close to Samuel Montembeault’s net.
Lambert, who found himself at the center of the ice, raised his hand to the sky to award the penalty.
Displeased with this decision, Gallagher shouted at the referee and then threw a bottle of water on the penalty area. He was red with anger. Anger that remained even more visible in the dressing room after the match.
“It’s unacceptable, it can’t happen,” whispered the right winger. The referee is in the neutral zone. It’s a terrible decision. You can’t make a mistake like that. It’s that simple. His partner (Jake Brenk) was right next to the game and didn’t call anything. He burst out because he saw the reaction of the Fire players on the bench. It can’t happen at this level and he knows it. You can’t make such a mistake at such an important moment of the meeting. »
There were 3:12 left in the third period when Gallagher found himself in the penalty area. Andrew Mangiapane, however, followed in the penalty area 81 seconds later. CH thus ended this match six to four, retiring Montembeault in the last seconds of the match.
Out of frustration
After the final whistle, Gallagher took out his frustration on defender Nikita Zadorov. Even though the Fire’s number 16 is 6’6″ and weighs 248 lbs, the combative winger was ready to battle it out.
“I don’t care about the weight difference,” Gallagher replied. It could happen. He hit me and we just lost the match. There were frustrations. I didn’t mind the size. I have lived with this reality (lesser) forever. »
Josh Anderson hit the crossbar in the second period, and Jacob Markstrom stole a goal from him at the very end of the third period. With 68 seconds left, Anderson took a good shot, but Markstrom pulled out his big glove to block it.
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“I have a chance, but I should probably change one thing,” Anderson admitted. I might change my hockey. This is one of the difficult periods of my career. I want to stay positive, but it’s getting frustrating. »
“I had a chance to push this match into overtime,” he continued. I have to find a way to beat the goalies. I have never had this problem in my career. »
After 15 games this season, Anderson still hasn’t scored. There are only two passages.