Laviolette confused by Giroux's penalty

Laviolette confused by Giroux's penalty
January 23, 2013, 3:30 pm

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Claude Giroux picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the third period of Tuesday’s 3-0 loss at New Jersey because of “abuse of the officials.”
 
He was clearly frustrated and started chirping at the crew on the ice.
 
Coach Peter Laviolette is confused over what a player -- a captain, no less -- can and can't say on the ice and when he can or can’t say it.
 
“There's a newer interpretation of that,” Laviolette said. “So, I'm trying to sift through that myself today. It's just a new interpretation of what's allowed and not allowed.
 
“We certainly don't want to take those penalties and we're trying to get an answer or an idea of what it is exactly.”
 
So Giroux can’t open his mouth to complain?
 
“It seemed that way last night, so I think we're trying to get some clarity on it,” Laviolette replied.
 
“I'm not going to rehash it. It's a difficult thing ... I just want clarity, because we can't afford to take them and we need to give direction to our team on it.”

Giroux steered clear of controversy on Wednesday.
 
“I don't know what to say about that,” he said. “It's just an emotional game. ... You guys are asking the wrong guy. I didn't talk to [the official] after that.”
 
What did you do?
 
“I just yelled at him that I wasn't happy with the call,” Giroux replied. “I’m an emotional guy and I was yelling and he didn't like it so he called [the penalty].”

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