Mike Gillis voices frustration with refs
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis took center stage on the eve of his team's seventh game with the Chicago Blackhawks, expressing his frustration with the officiating in the series.
"I thought we played our best game of the series last night," Gillis told to a huge media gathering at Rogers Arena. "I felt that if it would have been a level playing field, we would have won the game. We were lucky to get into overtime the way things occurred during the game. We directed 85 pucks at their net. If we would have had any power plays whatsoever it probably could have been 100.
"We've had the best team during the regular season and that was the best game they've played last night during the whole year. And so, for us to come away with a loss is shocking to me. That's what happens. I'm very confident if we play the same way tomorrow evening and it's a level playing field that we'll win the game."
Reading from notes he had compiled, Gillis produced stats backing up his frustration. In particular he pointed out the fact that the Blackhawks, over the past four games, have had 69 percent more power plays.
And when the games were 1-2 goals apart in score, the Hawks have received 100 percent more power plays.
For the series, the Blackhawks have had 27 power plays to Vancouver's 16.
"I'm not sure how you explain that discrepancy, but we're going to be very hard-pressed to win hockey games if throughout an entire series when the score is tight, they get 75 percent more power plays than we do," said Gillis. "And that's just the reality. That's the facts that we're facing. You look at the game last night, you guys all watched it, you don't need me to comment about what occurred in that hockey game. But when you break down the video, there are some extraordinary plays to explain given what's gone on."
The NHL chose not to fine Gillis for his comments, a source said Tuesday.
Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.
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