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Canucks GM Gillis fined for complaints

Wednesday, 04.27.2011 / 7:11 PM / News

Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has been fined by the NHL for complaining about the officiating in Vancouver's first-round playoff series win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The NHL confirmed the fine Wednesday in an email to The Canadian Press. The league wouldn't reveal the amount.

On Monday, Gillis blamed the referees for the Canucks being forced to play a Game 7 against Chicago. He said more penalties had been called against the Canucks than the Blackhawks.

He also was angry Chicago's Bryan Bickell wasn't assessed a penalty for a hit on defenseman Kevin Bieksa during overtime of Game 6. The Canucks beat the defending Stanley Cup champions 2-1 in overtime Tuesday night to win the Western Conference series.

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