Canadiens’ Claude Julien fined $10K for criticizing officials

Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien gestures at the referee during the final minutes of the third period against the Boston Bruins in NHL hockey action Tuesday, November 26, 2019 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien has been fined $10,000 for his criticism of officials after his team’s 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday, the league announced.

Julien didn’t hold back in his post-game availability when he was asked whether he was more frustrated with his club after blowing a 3-0 lead or with the officiating.

The game featured a number of incidents that had Julien up in arms.

Max Domi was left bleeding profusely from a cut to his lip after a third-period collision with Stars defenceman Jamie Oleksiak. And it got worse after he took a straight arm to the face from Dallas forward Mattias Janmark in overtime.

Joel Armia got called for a hook in the second period on a one-handed stick lift. Then in overtime, he was pulled down on a rush that went uncalled. Meanwhile, Armia took a penalty taking down the Stars’ Andrej Sekera, allowing Dallas to score its second goal of the game.

Shortly before that goal, Ben Chiarot was on the receiving end of a trip in the offensive zone that went uncalled and responded by taking a one-handed swing at Blake Comeau out of frustration, which did receive a penalty.

Ilya Kovalchuk also took a slash that went unpenalized.

The OT loss gave the Canadiens their fourth consecutive defeat and moved them to 27-26-8 with 62 points. They sit nine points back of the final wild-card spot in the East.

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