Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/16/05 at 09:08 AM ET
The Wild absorbed another bitter loss Thursday night (to Boston) that left goalie Manny Fernandez seething, his snakebitten teammates exasperated and coach Jacques Lemaire ranting. "If they couldn't see the replay that the guy pushed it with his hand, well, they need good glasses," Lemaire said. "It's so obvious on the replay. You don't need to do hockey for 20 years to see that the guy... he pushed the puck in the net. A kid could notice that." The episode opened the door for Lemaire to scorch the remaining off-ice officials responsible for recording statistics and running the penalty and game clocks — a crew separate from the supervisor and video replay judge. "I've been here for five years. It's got to be the worst crew I've seen in my entire career," he said. "They've been told by the NHL that they're the best. I know why they tell them that. They're the best because everywhere you go, they cheat on seconds before they blow the whistle so the home team gets more seconds. We live through this all the time. "Here, it's the opposite. Maybe that's why they're saying they're great."more (reg. req.)
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