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Zenon Konopka livid with lack of calls for Tavares

 Sorry this took a backseat to last night's news about Kevin Poulin's left knee injury, but at least one player--tough guy Zenon Konopka--was incensed after the game about the officiating.

To be specific, Konopka was particularly livid with the lack of calls against players taking liberties with the Islanders second-year star John Tavares.

"If the league isn't going to do something about it, someone else will," Konopka ranted. "This is our franchise we're talking about--John Tavares--and he keeps getting run. It's enough. We've had it."

Konopka said he has noticed the disturbing lack of whistle respect for Tavares since the beginning of the season.

"We're talking since Game 1 with Dallad' Adam Burish [whose open-ice hit concussed Tavares]," Konopka said.

When asked if he shared Konopka's concern, coach Jack Capuano said:

"There are games, I'll be honest with you, that you watch it and think there should be a call"

He continued: "There were a couple of incidences in the neutral zone where [Tavares] was trying to make some plays and he felt he was being held and hooked a little bit. It is what it is."

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