NHL fines Mike Gillis for comments
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has been fined by the NHL for complaining about the officiating in Vancouver's first-round playoff series win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
The NHL confirmed the fine Wednesday in an email to The Canadian Press. The league wouldn't reveal the amount.
A league source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday that Gillis wouldn't be fined for his comments. However, the source told LeBrun on Wednesday that the league had changed its mind.
On Monday, Gillis blamed the referees for the Canucks being forced to play a Game 7 against Chicago. He said more penalties had been called against the Canucks than the Blackhawks.
He also was angry Chicago's Bryan Bickell wasn't assessed a penalty for a hit on defenseman Kevin Bieksa during overtime of Game 6. The Canucks beat the defending Stanley Cup champions 2-1 in overtime Tuesday night to win the Western Conference series.
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