The first-round series between the Minnesota Wild and the Dallas Stars have been filled with controversial incidents, and Game 4 was no exception. The games between the teams have been testy, physical, and tough.
Earlier in the series, during Game 1, Matt Dumba launched a high hit on Joe Pavelski, and that sparked some high emotions, and the series hasn’t calmed down since. Now, some of the players in the series have had enough of the officiating, especially veteran forward Marcus Foligno of the Minnesota Wild.
After several controversial and questionable penalty calls, the Wild lost Game 4, tying the series 2-2. Marcus Foligno was in the penalty box when the Stars scored a 3-1 goal with just three and a half minutes to go of the game, and postgame, Foligno was absolutely furious about the penalty calls.
It’s not often we see players bash officials, but Foligno didn’t even try to hide his disappointment over the calls. Foligno was actually involved in two controversial calls. The first was an interference call which had fans fed up.
And then, late in the third, he was called on a ”tripping” call. Foligno tried to hit Stars’ Mason Marchment, but he didn’t catch his opponent clean, and the officials called him for tripping. Fans were outraged with the call, and so was Foligno.
The veteran did not try to hide his anger, and he didn’t seem to care about possible fines for his comments. He started out by calling it ”bullshit.”
”It’s a joke. It doesn’t make any sense,” Foligno added. “I go to hit a guy who touches the puck. It’s not interference. I go, I get high-sticked in the face. It’s not a tripping call when you hit a guy clean on. It’s bullshit.”
Foligno was asked if he got any explanation from the officials about the calls made, and he yet again criticized the officials.
”No, no, arrogant,” he said.