After giving up three power play goals – including the game-winner – to the Sabres on Tuesday, the last thing Guy Boucher wanted to deal with was penalty issues.

On Thursday against the Flyers, though, it was the calls — and non-calls — that fired up the Ottawa bench boss.


From the Ottawa Sun:

After a Mark Borowiecki holding penalty on Wayne Simmonds — which looked like the right call from where we sat — Boucher threw his hands in the air and tried to push his eyes out of their sockets. He saw just how furious he looked when he glanced at the centre-ice video board, presumably to see the replay, but noticed the camera had focused on his reaction.

A couple of minutes later, Boucher went into full ballistic mode as the refs ignored what could have been a Flyers penalty.

As one of the refs, Dean Morton, skated by the bench, Boucher was waiving his arms, his head shaking vigorously as he went on an obvious tirade.

As for any direct comment after the game, Boucher opted to abstain.

“I’m not going to go there,” said Boucher was asked about the non-calls. “I think everybody saw…”


Though the Senators’ penalty-killers kept them in the game, killing off all four Flyers power play opportunities, Ottawa ultimately lost 3-2 in overtime.

Referees for Thursday’s game were Graham Skilliter and Dean Morton. Linesmen were Scott Cherrey and Devin Berg.