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.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4