During the final third of the NHL schedule, it often feels like a lot of games are mixed up, but sometimes even the broadcast booth tries to find a competitive edge. Perhaps Tampa Bay Lightning commentator Bobby Taylor went too far.
Tampa Bay led 2-1 against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period on Monday night and it appeared the Canucks had found some breathing space. Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta was initially penalized for hitting Canucks forward Tyler Motte high, but upon review the call was rescinded as it was ruled Rutta had been following a shot.
Unsurprisingly, Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau protested the call. This didn’t seem to sit well with Taylor.
“You never ask the players or the coach the rules, they don’t know them,” Taylor said as the broadcast cut to Boudreau pleading for the original decision to stand. It was kind of weird for Taylor, who won two Stanley Cups with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s, to say it, but he’s fine.
“It’s a follow up, moron, it’s been like this since 1940,” Taylor continued.
Boudreau is certainly bombastic and has shared some bad intentions with the media, but we’re not ready to call him a jerk on the basis of trying to get a call to get on his way.
The Lightning ended up holding on for a 2-1 victory as they tried to chase down the Florida Panthers for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Meanwhile, the Canucks fell three points behind the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.
This isn’t the first time Taylor has called someone an idiot. Shout out to the Reddit sleuths who posted this clip from 2015 where she also used the term to describe Montreal Canadiens fans.
It’s an effective insult, I suppose, but maybe Taylor should relax. It’s just another game in March, after all.
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