Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’Amour fined $25K for ‘crime scene’ comment

Patrice Bergeron scored in the second overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1.

Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour has been fined $25,000 for comments he made following his club’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins Wednesday.

Brind’Amour has also been assessed a conditional $25,000 fine which will be collected and could be added to if another infraction occurs.

Brind’Amour’s post-game comments were made after a question about the Bruins’ second goal of the game, which the Hurricanes unsuccessfully challenged. On the play that led to the goal, the Bruins appeared to make an illegal hand pass moments before the puck entered the net. But after a challenge by the Hurricanes, the officials on the ice ruled that because Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek — who had put his glove down on the puck — had control, a hand pass did not occur.

The ruling didn’t sit well with the Hurricanes, who argued the fact that Mrazek having control of the puck should have led to a whistle before the Bruins were able to knock it loose and score.

“This is why the league’s a joke, in my opinion, on these things,” Brind’Amour said post-game, according to The News & Observer. “That one is a crime scene.”

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