New York Islanders' Johnny Boychuk Irate Over Sidney Crosby Non-Call 3
Apr 30, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 4-1.Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk wasn’t shy to voice his displeasure with the non-call on Sidney Crosby the other night.

The New York Islanders dropped another tough game to the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night, losing 4-2 at the Igloo. Johnny Boychuk felt that a blatantly missed interference call was the result of the game winning goal.

Boychuk did not mince words when discussing a missed call on Sidney Crosby just before he scored the game winning goal, via Arthur Staple of Newsday:

“It’s frustrating when you get elbowed in the head and that guy scores the goal, I’m sure if it was reversed, I’d be getting a phone call from the league and a suspension. And their players were asking me, I’m fine, so I guess that’s good. But if it was anyone else, they’d be getting a call from the league.”

Head Coach Jack Capuano also chimed in:

“It was a high hit, no question, The disappointing thing is the official is right next to [Boychuk]. He didn’t even have the puck.”

The double standard is not news. The Penguins and NHL have had the fingers of nearly every other club pointed at them for favoritism, and for good reason. A simple YouTube search of Crosby’s antics will yield numerous results of the NHL’s prince getting away with numerous minors and majors that have gone unpenalized.


Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.