If Kevin Dineen believes his team has been wronged by the officials, they certainly hear about it.
On Friday night, Dineen eventually threw up his hands in disgust after Florida’s Tomas Kopecky was charged for slashing Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the third period of a tie game.
The ensuing power play led to Pittsburgh scoring the winning goal in a 3-1 victory over the Panthers at Consol Center.
Kopecky had charged out the box, but the Penguins were still cycling the puck around the Florida zone when Matt Niskanen zipped a 65-foot shot that flew past Jacob Markstrom’s glove with 12:11 left.
Despite having time to cool off, it was obvious Dineen was still fuming afterward.
Dineen was upset with Kopecky being penalized for what Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz wasn’t when he jabbed the puck past Jacob Markstrom in the second. Kopecky was trying to get a puck past Fleury — just as Kunitz did to put the Penguins on the board.
Dineen was also mad there was no call when James Neal jumped Erik Gudbranson after he checked Evgeni Malkin at the end of the ice. Malkin fell and slammed his head into the boards and stayed face down on the ice for a few scary moments. Gudbranson wasn’t penalized for what looked like a clean hit.
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen seethes over call by ref in loss to Pittsburgh Penguins
Miami Herald | Feb 23