It's the Stanley Cup Playoffs and you know you can expect gamesmanship from National Hockey League head coaches, but this time it's particularly entertaining.
First it was San Jose Sharks head coach Peter Deboer seemingly complaining about the officiating for the second day in a row, if it wasn't a complaint, it's about as close as you can get without it being one.
"What we're relying on is the officials to do their job. St. Louis is one of the most penalized teams in the league, regular season and playoffs," said Deboer as per CSN Bay Area. They need to call the game accordingly. [We] need to make them pay a price for being one of the most penalized teams on the power play, which we didn't last night."
St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock was made aware of the comments, and he seemed to call out his opposing head coach for doing so, comparing the statements to "whining."
"What are you saying, is he whining for calls, or what's he doing?" Hitchcock asked.
"We were told not to whine for calls, so we're not going to whine for calls. If Pete wants to do it, that's his [prerogative]. But we're not doing it. I'm not sure why he's doing it. You've got to ask him that question. We're just not doing it. So, we'll play the game, we'll play it the right way, we'll play it honest, but we'll play it hard [and] let the refs decide. They've got to do their job, too."
Harsh words from Hitchcock.