Brind'Amour: Hurricanes 'fighting the refs' in Game 3 loss

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Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour voiced his displeasure with the officiating in the club's opening-round series against the Nashville Predators following Friday's double-overtime loss in Game 3.

"Nashville is a phenomenal team, but we're also fighting the refs, that's plain and simple," Brind'Amour said, according to Hurricanes beat writer Cory Lavalette. "You can't tell me two games in a row they get seven or eight penalties and we get three?

"When the game is this even? It's not right."

The Hurricanes have been whistled for 14 penalties to the Predators' six during the last two games.

Brind'Amour is proud, though, of the way his team - which owns a 2-1 series lead - has responded.

"I give my guys a ton of credit for just sticking in, going and playing their butts off, and having a good chance to win," he said.

Brind'Amour added: "Two overtimes, you know, a knick-knack penalty when there was stuff going on all over. It just flipped the momentum and they scored the next shift after because we're out of rotation. That's not how it should go."

The teams meet again for Game 4 on Sunday.

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