(HockeyStL) -- There may be nothing more frustrating for a coach than a “too-many-men” penalty call.
The St. Louis Blues committed two such penalties against the Edmonton Oilers Friday night. Thankfully for the Blues, it did not result in a power play goal against.
Below was Hitchcock’s take following the 4-2 win:
“It’s not line changes. It’s doziness. We get caught at the end of power plays because we use two forwards all the time. That’s the fourth time we got caught on the gate so instead of going in the similar gate, we got caught on long gates and it’s unfortunate. I don’t know, unless we play just defensemen back there I don’t know what we’re going to do, but when we’re playing forwards, like this is the fourth time we got caught on a long gate, and if you look at it a lot of it’s in the second period where we got the long change going on.”
The Blues have committed five too-many-men penalties in the last seven games. It’s clearly getting annoying for Hitchcock and his team.
“Quite frankly, (too-many-men calls) piss me off,” Hitchcock said.
Hitchcock also added in a sarcastic tone: “Yeah, we’re hot. We’re right on the mark there. We’re going very well in that area so we’re building up the PIMs.”