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Perrin upset with inconsistency of calls
By DAMIAN CRISTODERO
Published November 21, 2006
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Eric Perrin said all he wants is consistency.
That's why his disallowed goal in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers bothered him so much.
Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour on Oct. 16 scored the same kind of goal against Tampa Bay, Perrin said. He should know "because I was the one who lifted his stick."
But the puck deflected in off Brind'Amour's skate and was allowed after a video review.
Perrin said his stick was being held when the puck hit his skate and got past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. But it was ruled he scored because of "a distinct kicking motion."
Perrin said Monday that he was trying to stop: "It's not like I was trying to go straight and put my foot on it. I was braking with both feet. To me, it's a similar play to Brind'Amour's. It's like, 'Where's the consistency?' "
General manager Jay Feaster pondered it a different way. "To the extent we want goal scoring, why do we go through all that? If you can kick it in, it's a goal. If a high-stick tip gets by the goalie, it's skill to be able to deflect the puck out of the air like that."
Perrin's disallowed goal would have cut the Rangers' lead to 2-1.
"And that," he said, "changes the game."
TORTS STAYS MUM: Coach John Tortorella on Monday spoke to Colin Campbell, the NHL's director of hockey operations, about Sunday's ejection.
It was not clear if Tortorella, whom the league watches closely because of past episodes with referees, would be fined.
Tortorella did not address the ejection by referee Kelly Sutherland, but Feaster said Tortorella was "defending his team."
Feaster said he wasn't sure Tortorella's actions warranted ejection and offered an anecdote from his softball umpiring days in Pennsylvania.
"One thing I always believed was when I had a situation with a coach or manager was that it was incumbent on me not to go looking for more."
JANIK RETURNS: After five years with the Sabres organization in which he played 10 regular-season NHL games, defenseman Doug Janik played in his 21st this season.
Janik said he had no problem with the way he was handled by Buffalo but said of the Lightning, "I knew it was a place that would give me a little bit of a chance, and they did."
MINOR MOVE: Worried Ryan Craig's left knee would be sore after a check he took Sunday, the Lightning called up center Blair Jones from AHL Springfield. Craig was okay, and Jones, 20, played in his first NHL game.
ODDS AND ENDS: Defenseman Nolan Pratt (healthy) and center Tim Taylor (spinal contusion) were scratched.