NHL executive Colin Campbell said Thursday that linesman Tony Sericolo erred in not whistling an offsides before Danny Briere’s first goal in Game 1 of the Penguins-Flyers series.
“There’s no other way to explain it but a missed call,’’ the NHL’s senior executive vice president of hockey operations told The Canadian Press. “We’re as upset as Pittsburgh, almost. It’s a mistake.’’
Briere scored visiting Philadelphia’s first goal Wednesday night after being sent in on a breakaway by teammate Brayden Schenn. The long pass came immediately after a neutral-zone turnover and replays showed Briere was a couple feet offside.
The play started a big comeback for the Flyers, who erased a three-goal deficit and beat Pittsburgh, 4-3, in overtime.
“It affected the game, but at the end of the day worrying about it or thinking about it is not going to change anything,’’ said Penguins star Sidney Crosby. “It’s over.’’
Campbell believes Sericolo was in position to make the right call, but failed to do so because of how quickly the play went from one end of the ice to the other.
Flames fire Sutter
Brent Sutter is out as coach of the Flames, who failed to make the playoffs in his three seasons in Calgary. The Flames narrowly missed the postseason in all three years under Sutter, compiling a 118-90-38 record overall. Calgary went 37-29-16 this season, second to Vancouver in the Northwest Division . . . The NHL fined Nashville defenseman Shea Weber $2,500 for slamming Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg’s head against the glass at the end of Game 1 and warned the captain to be careful the rest of the playoffs. Weber was assessed a minor penalty for roughing . . . Detroit center Darren Helm will miss the rest of the playoffs after surgery Wednesday to repair tendon damage in his right arm after being hurt in Game 1 against the Predators. Helm’s right arm was sliced by the left skate of Nashville forward Alexander Radulov . . . Canucks forward Byron Bitz was suspended for two games by the league for boarding Kings forward Kyle Clifford during Game 1 of their playoff series.