Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/30/09 at 10:34 AM ET
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
...But it wasn’t so much the loss that bugged the coach as Tampa Bay’s inability to generate outrage at a Senators team Tocchet said was challenging the Lightning physically.
“I’m just from the old school. When you get pushed around, you have to push back,” Tocchet said. “We’re accepting when guys on the other team are agitating and making a push. We need guys to push back. I’m not talking about dropping the gloves, just playing good, clean, tough hockey. Be abrasive. We need abrasive players on this team. We need guys lively on the bench, not just sitting there.”
It was all very evened and measured. But Tocchet showed his anger when he argued with referee Brian Pochmara late in the game after Lightning forward Ryan Craig was given two minutes for cross-checking Ottawa agitator Jarkko Ruutu across the chest and breaking his stick in the process. Ruutu got nothing despite going to his knees to avoid Craig’s check and sliding into Craig’s knees, both of which had surgeries.
“I just thought it was not professional,” Tocchet said. “I have a suit on, I can’t do anything about it. I wish I didn’t have a suit on.”
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